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Company history - 2012

The current challenges in the solar industry are great. The sharp drops in prices and world-wide excess capacities have not left SolarWorld unscathed. But we are taking steps to counter this, concentrating on our strengths and focusing on the things we can improve in the current market situation. Our focus is on driving innovations forward and making them available to our customers around the world. We are fighting for fair competition on the international solar market. And we are continuing our efforts toward a solar world.

1st half year:

In January, we delivered the largest rooftop installation in South Africa for the company headquarters of the telecommunications service provider Vodacom, in Cape Town. In the future, the 500 kWp installation will provide 75 percent of the building's energy requirements.

The full acquisition of Solarparc AG began in February. We are using the integration of their project management into the Group to strengthen our project business, as well as to position ourselves with large projects in new markets.
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In 2012, we were also represented at the most important trade fairs in the world. In March we introduced new products in Greece and Great Britain.
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In May, the Annual General Meeting approved the recommendation of the Supervisory Board and Management Board and a dividend of €0.09 per share for the fiscal year 2011.
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In June, SolarWorld introduced additional new technologies at the international solar trade fair Intersolar in Munich. Technical advances are making our manufacturing processes more efficient and cost-effective, and improving product performance through improved efficiencies.
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2nd half year:

In July, SolarWorld created the "Deutschlandpaket" ("Germany package"). Customers can purchase a solar power system in combination with the matching storage battery from the SunPac series. The package price also includes system installation. With their combined power, an average household can cover over half of their own power requirements per year and feed approximately 4,000 kilowatt hours into the public grid.

The market situation has continued to escalate in the past months, and for SolarWorld the risk has increased that it will not meet credit-relevant covenants. In the second quarter, we therefore renegotiated our existing loan agreements. We were able to adjust all of our credit-relevant covenants.
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In July, the initiative EU ProSun, a group comprised of European solar companies, submitted an anti-dumping complaint to the European Commission. In September, the EU Commission launched an investigation. A preliminary decision is expected no later than June 2013.
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The SolarWorld Einstein Award was conferred in September. This year's award winners are SMA founder Günter Cramer and "Water Missions International" from the USA. The Junior Einstein Award went to physicist Dr. Bianca Lim from the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hameln.
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In October, we opened our subsidiary in Great Britain. With the new sales office in Salisbury, we are able to strengthen our presence in the growing solar market and expand our network of on-site technical partners.
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In November, the International Trade Commission unanimously upheld U.S. duties on Chinese solar cells and modules containing Chinese solar cells. It declared that the illegally subsidized and dumped Chinese imports caused significant harm to the U.S. solar industry. Duties range from approximately 24 percent to almost 250 percent. They apply for five years and will be leveled against both imports of Chinese solar cells, as well as against imported modules with Chinese solar cells. In addition to the anti-dumping investigation already begun on September 6, a parallel investigation is being made into all illegal subsidies in the Chinese solar industry. With this action, the Commission is pursuing the second complaint by EU ProSun, an industry initiative supported by SolarWorld.
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Also in November, SolarWorld presented its products at trade fairs in the two growth markets Poland and India. In addition to solar power systems for rooftops, the main focus was placed on solar farms and systems located far away from the public grid.
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In November, SolarWorld was the first TecDAX company to be awarded the "GREEN BRAND Germany" Certificate. The basis for our sustainable management system and for the environmentally friendly products from SolarWorld is our "green idea," which for us represents comprehensive sustainability, and which we embrace within the company and in the world at large. Read more under -> Sustainability
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Beginning in December, we are also present with a sales office in the growing market Japan. The nuclear disaster in Fukushima was a wakeup call for many, and since then the energy revolution has drawn closer for other countries as well.
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In December, the around-the-world tour of the solar car SolarWorld GT ended. The team from Bochum celebrated its world record for the longest distance ever traveled by a solar car.
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The name Solar2World stands for the support of solar aid projects, which make it possible for people in poorer regions of the world to get access to power and water. In December, we looked back at 5 years of the initiative: together with clubs, church groups, and development organizations, we were able to implement over 80 solar aid projects in Africa and South America.
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