Exercising the Right to Vote

Exercising the Right to Vote

You have the following options for exercising your right to vote at the Annual General Meeting:

  • Attend the Annual General Meeting in Bonn, Germany (July 3, 2017), in person.
  • Appoint the proxies designated by SolarWorld AG, to whom you can issue instructions for exercising your right to vote.
  • Appoint a proxy of your choice, including a shareholders’ consortium or a credit institution, to exercise your right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Via absentee ballot

After proper registration, the shareholders can arrive in person at the Annual General Meeting and exercise their voting rights themselves.

Shareholders can also permit their voting rights to be exercised by a proxy – e.g., a financial institution, a shareholders' association or another third party, if they grant the appropriate proxy.

In addition, we offer our shareholders voting right representation by proxies appointed by the company. These solely exercise the voting rights based on the instructions given by the shareholder and are required to vote pursuant to these instructions. Without instructions, the proxies will abstain from voting or not participate in the vote. The proxies appointed by the company do not accept powers of attorney to contest resolutions passed by the Annual General Meeting, to exercise the right to speak and ask questions, or to submit petitions.

Timely registration and evidence of share ownership are required, even if a proxy is named.

A form pursuant to Section 30a (1) No. 5 of German Securities Trading Law (WpHG) for granting a proxy is provided on the back of the ticket that is sent to shareholders after they have properly registered in terms of form and date; that form is also available for downloading on this website. A text is sufficient to grant the proxy, revoke it and prove authorization to the company. If financial institutions, shareholders' associations or persons treated as such pursuant to Section 135 (8) German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) are granted a proxy, special requirements must usually be considered; such requirements can be obtained from each of the parties to be granted a proxy.

The proof of proxy authorization can be provided by declaration to the company at the following address up to the day of the Annual General Meeting:

SolarWorld AG
Investor Relations Department
Martin-Luther-King-Str. 24
53175 Bonn, Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 228/55920-9470
Email: hv@solarworld.com

or can be provided on the day of the Annual General Meeting at the meeting location by the proxy holder. On the day of the Annual General Meeting itself, only the entry and exit control to the Annual General Meeting at the Kameha Grand Bonn, Am Bonner Bogen 1, 53227 Bonn, Germany, is available to accept the proxy authorization starting at 10 a.m. (CET) until shortly before voting starts.

Shareholders who want to grant voting representation prior to the Annual General Meeting to the proxies appointed by the company are for organizational reasons asked to send the duly completed form for granting the proxies and instructions to the proxies, which is printed on the back of the ticket, to the following address:

SolarWorld AG
c/o ITTEB GmbH & Co. KG
Vogelanger 25
86937 Scheuring, Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 8195/9989-664
Email: solarworld2017@itteb.de 

arriving there by June 30, 2017.

Shareholders who do not want to participate in person in the Annual General Meeting can also vote in writing or via electronic communication (absentee ballot). The form printed on the ticket is available for this purpose. The votes cast via absentee ballot must arrive at the address below by and including June 30, 2017:

SolarWorld AG
c/o ITTEB GmbH & Co. KG
Vogelanger 25
86937 Scheuring, Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 8195/9989-664
Email: solarworld2017@itteb.de

Additional details about attending the Annual General Meeting, and granting proxies and instructions are provided along with the ticket to shareholders who have registered pursuant to Section 9 of the Articles of Association. Corresponding information is also available here.

Herewith you can also download a Power of Attorney:

Form for granting power-of-attorney/absentee ballot (in German)
Download

Form for revoking a power-of-attorney/absentee ballot (in German)
Download