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SolarWorld among Dream Employers for Young Engineering Generation - Company Employs 25 per cent More People in First Half of 2009 than in the Same Period of the Previous Year

21-08-09

SolarWorld AG is among the ideal employers of the young German engineering generation. This is shown by the “trendence Absolventenbarometer 2009” study of the Berlin trendence institute published by the German business magazine “Manager Magazin” today. As a newcomer SolarWorld attained an outstanding 15th place in the “Engineering Edition”. For the total of four editions of the study some 25,000 students were interviewed at German universities who were just about to take their final examinations.

Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG: “Our naturally grown corporate culture, which is characterized by openness, a high level of personal responsibility and flat hierarchies, is among our strengths in the competition for new and highly qualified staff. We are very delighted with the result of the study. It proves that we now belong to the well-known German brands and that we have succeeded in establishing ourselves as a genuine dream employer”.

As the highest-placed newcomer in the Engineering Edition SolarWorld AG precisely corresponds –trendence institute points out – to the expectations that future engineers have with regard to their potential employers: a mixture of a fascinating future industry and high social responsibility.

SolarWorld pursues a sustainable development strategy, also for its employees – every new position is adjusted to the growth of the company in order to be able to offer all employees a long-term perspective. In the first half of 2009 there were more than 2,500 people working for SolarWorld worldwide. That was about 25 per cent more than in the same period of the previous year.

In 2008 SolarWorld had attained a noteworthy 57th place in the “Germany’s Best Employer” study by the Great Place To Work Institute Germany. SolarWorld employees interviewed for this survey positively emphasized the trust placed by superiors in their staff, the great fairness and the very good team orientation within the company.

“We look for employees who think independently and act under their personal responsibility, who call existing things into question and are open to innovation,” explains Chairman and CEO Frank H. Asbeck. “Working for SolarWorld is more than just a job. Every day we work on realizing our joint vision of a future-proof and fair energy supply.” SolarWorld will continue to grow – also in personnel terms. We are mainly looking for engineers in the areas of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, process technology, material sciences, physics and chemistry as well as for commercial experts.

For further information and current job offers also for the international sites of SolarWorld AG see www.solarworld.de/zukunft. SolarWorld also presents itself regularly at job fairs and university recruitment events.

About SolarWorld AG

The SolarWorld AG group of companies (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a world leader in high-quality solar power technology. The company is exclusively dedicated to its core business of photovoltaic power generation and combines all activities of the solar industry from silicon as the raw material to turn-key solar power systems including recycling. SolarWorld is represented in all the world’s solar growth markets and predominantly produces in Germany and the USA. Its largest sites are located in Freiberg, Saxony, and Hillsboro, USA. The central group office is in Bonn. Worldwide sales of solar modules are secured by five sales offices in Germany, Spain, USA, South Africa and Singapore. The central element of the business in addition to the sale of turn-key solar systems and solar modules to the trade is the distribution of solar silicon wafers to the international solar cell industry. Apart from grid-coupled (on-grid) products, the SolarWorld Group sells off-grid solar power solutions. Under the name Solar2World the Group takes its ethical commitment to fair development also to emerging economies and developing countries, promoting in particular off-grid solar power solutions exemplary of sustainable economic development.

Sustainability is an integral element of SolarWorld’s corporate strategy. The corporate management is committed to sustainable, economically, ecologically and socially compatible growth. SolarWorld AG employs more than 2,500 people worldwide. The company is listed at the stock market, among others in the technology index TecDAX, in the ÖkoDAX, in the Dow Jones STOXX 600, in the international MSCI-Index and in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.

SolarWorld Press contact

SolarWorld AG Investor Relations / Corporate Communications,
Phone no. +49 (0) 228/55920-470;
fax no. +49 (0) 228/55920-9470,

placement@solarworld.de;
www.solarworld.de



 
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