SolarWorld Finishes No. 1 in Energy-Productivity Test

SolarWorld’s modules have generated more electricity than all competitive products for each watt of capacity installed in Photon tests in both 2009 and 2008. In comparison with other modules, the SolarWorld products produced up to 12 percent more power in 2009.

Only Photon, which is releasing its results in its February edition, conducts such yield tests under scientifically controlled conditions. The test results offer an objective basis for selection to renewable-energy consumers who must choose among a wide variety of modules available in the marketplace.

The tests were completed on SolarWorld modules produced in Europe. The company, the biggest and most experienced U.S. solar technology manufacturer, makes its American products using the same stringent quality standards and fully automated, vertically integrated production entirely within the United States.

“The test results emphatically underline our top position in the international market,” says Frank H. Asbeck, chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. “We feel they confirm our strategy of only producing at sites that offer the highest quality, environmental and social standards – a guarantee for top quality made by SolarWorld.”

The SolarWorld group (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering brand-name, high-quality, crystalline solar-power technology. Its strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon raw material through wafers, cells and modules all the way to turn-key solar systems, including recycling, the group combines all stages of the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling quality modules to the specialist trade and crystalline wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn, Germany. Production sites are in Germany, the United States and South Korea.

The largest production facilities are in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro, Ore. Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy. Under the name Solar2World, the group supports care projects using off-grid solar power solutions in emerging economies and developing countries –exemplary of sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 2,700 people. Since 1999, SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange – among others, on the technology index TecDAX, ÖkoDAX, Dow Jones STOXX 600, the international MSCI Index as well as the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.