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SolarWorld debuts 1,500-volt solar panels

New product to save installation costs will appear at Intersolar North America

HILLSBORO, Ore., July 7, 2016 –SolarWorld, the largest crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer in the Americas for more than 40 years, announced today that it will release a 1,500-volt solar panel in time for this year’s fourth-quarter peak selling season.

The company will exhibit the new 72-cell XL product at SolarWorld’s Booth 7411 at Intersolar North America from July 12 to 14 in San Francisco.

The 1,500-volt technology, compared with standard 1,000-volt solar panels, enables installers to increase lengths of solar-panel strings by up to 50 percent, thereby requiring fewer combiner boxes, less wiring and trenching and lower labor costs.  Analysts have estimated the cost savings at up to 5 cents per watt installed.

The technology’s application is ideal for large commercial and utility-scale designs. Unlike competitors, SolarWorld has not needed to increase the size of its 72-cell solar panel to reach the 1500-volt standard.  The new solar panel is certified to UL1703; it is free of potential induced degradation (PID), as per IEC 62804-1:2015.

“SolarWorld does whatever it can to help its installation partners lower their costs and increase profits,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld.  “This new product maximizes the benefits of our 72-cell solar panel design without having to alter its size.  It represents just the latest development in our long track record of achieving innovations that serve the market.  Our customers want this option, so therefore we are bringing it to market.”

The company is taking orders for the 1,500-volt module for delivery starting in October.

About SolarWorld REAL VALUE

SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, produces and sells high-tech solar power solutions and, in doing so, contributes to a cleaner energy supply throughout the Americas. The company maintains 430 megawatts of annual capacity to produce solar cells and 550 MW of capacity to manufacture solar modules.  The company’s brand stands for a proven track record of quality and reliability, and SolarWorld is the only producer whose industrial lineage has outlived its products’ 25- and 30-year performance guarantees. SolarWorld upholds high social standards and commits itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. With its program Solar2World, the company supports the expansion of solar power in developing countries in Latin America. Connect with SolarWorld on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and www.solarworld-usa.com.

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