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SolarWorld Brings World Cup to Villages That Have No Electricity

Podolski, Klopp, Hagman and many other celebrities support the Sun-TV project


When the World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg on Friday at 4 pm more than 2,000 people in remote villages who have so far not had any access to electricity and the media will be able to cheer on their team. The German solar technology group SolarWorld has installed 35 solar-operated television viewing points in South Africa and Namibia. The Sun-TV project is designed to enable football fans in South Africa to participate in this mega-event that is taking place in their own country. At the same time SolarWorld is providing the infrastructure to use media for education or for example for information about HIV in the future.

“Our Sun-TV viewing points show what you can do with solar technology“, says Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. „For many people in Africa it is the first real opportunity to participate. For us in the industrialized world clean solar energy from your own roof will be a natural part of our overall energy supply in the future.”

The Sun-TV project is supported by celebrities like football coach Jürgen Klopp, the international footballer Lukas Podolski, rock star Peter Maffay and the US actor Larry Hagman. Hagman, known as the oil baron in the television show “Dallas” says: “The sun is the clean oil of the future. It does not make any sense to further increase the oil and diesel dependence of people in Africa. Solar energy makes us independent and opens up an economic perspective.”

The solar-operated TV viewing points are placed in village squares or are integrated into facilities like community centers or churches. High efficiency modules made by SolarWorld power the Sun-TV viewing points which in addition to a television set are equipped with a DVD player and can receive sports, children’s and educational programs via a satellite antenna.

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About SolarWorld AG The SolarWorld AG 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 as the 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 into the installation and distribution trades and crystalline wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn, Germany. Production sites are to be found in Germany, the United States and South Korea. The group´s largest production facilities operate in Freiberg, Germany and Hillsboro in the U.S. State of Oregon. 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, exemplifying sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 2,700 people. SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on, among others, the TecDAX, ÖkoDAX, Dow Jones STOXX 600 as well as in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.

Contact SolarWorld AG

Investor Relations: Tel.-No.: 0228/55920-470;
Fax-No.: 0228/55920-9470,
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