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Solar-powered car, SolarWorld GT, sets out on U.S. leg of first round-the-world journey

Road trip will include university stops in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida

CAMARILLO, Calif., Jan. 30, 2012 – A solar-powered car sponsored by SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer for more than 35 years, this week begins the U.S. leg of its 21,000-mile quest to circle the globe, propelled only by sun’s rays. The SolarWorld Gran Turismo (GT), a collaboration between SolarWorld and Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany, is a two-seat sports car powered by roof-integrated solar cells. The GT’s circumnavigation of the planet, a first for a sustainable automobile, will set a “Guinness Book of World Records” record for the longest distance covered by a solar car.

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“The SolarWorld GT is an ambassador for sustainable personal transportation, reminding us that the power to shift our driving habits away from dirty fossil fuels is within our grasp,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial unit based in Camarillo, Calif. “Clean energy from the sun is there for the taking – without depleting the Earth’s riches.”

The events are open to the public and scheduled as follows:

  • 4 p.m. Feb. 3, University of California Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Management, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • 8:30 a.m. Feb. 6, SolarWorld Americas, Camarillo.
  • 4 p.m. Feb. 10, Arizona State University, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, Tempe, Ariz.
  • 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Texas Christian University, School of Geology, Energy and the Environment, Fort Worth, Tex.
  • 4 p.m. March 9, Florida A&M University, High Performance Materials Institute, Tallahassee, Fla.

Throughout the vehicle’s American road trip, SolarWorld’s Facebook page will host a contest in which participants are invited to guess where the SolarWorld GT has been at various points along its journey across the U.S. Clues will be given between each stop and winners will receive SolarWorld merchandise. All participants will be entered into a drawing to receive an Apple iPad 2.

The SolarWorld GT began its trans-world journey in Australia and New Zealand in October 2011, covering more than 3,100 miles before shipping to the United States in December. Following the U.S. leg, the vehicle and its crew will travel through Europe, Africa and Asia before finishing in Australia in late 2012.

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SolarWorld manufactures and sells solar power solutions and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. As the largest solar producer in the United States and Europe, SolarWorld employs about 3,200 people and carries out production in Hillsboro, Ore., and Freiberg and Arnstadt, Germany. From the raw material silicon to solar wafers, cells and panels, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe and is committed to resource- and energy-efficient production. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. For more information, visit

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