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SolarWorld AG Receives German Sustainability Award

Solar Power Technology Group Successful in Two Categories


SolarWorld AG will receive the German sustainability award. With the prize for 'Germany’s Most Sustainable Production' and the nomination as 'Germany’s Most Sustainable Brand' the solar power technology group will be the only company to receive an award in two categories simultaneously. The award will be under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler, and will be officially presented on the German Sustainability Day on 5 December 2008. In awarding the prize the jury paid tribute to SolarWorld AG’s consistent focus on sustainable products, sustainable production and sustainable commitment. Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG: 'Sustainability is the very core of our business model. With our products we enable people worldwide to lastingly generate clean power'. The concept of sustainability is continued in the company’s approach to entrepreneurial action. 'Quite deliberately we rely on integrated production and concentrate on high-tech locations with the highest environmental and social standards', says Asbeck. Add to this the company’s commitment to sustainability, for example in supporting development aid projects in Africa that are equipped with solar power technology thus making reliable energy supply possible for the first time even in remote regions. The sustainability prize is awarded to companies and brands that combine economic success with social responsibility and environmental protection in an exemplary fashion. All in all, 350 companies participated in the competition – among them half the DAX 30 companies. The organizers include the Council for Sustainable Development, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Assessment Research and the Wuppertal Institute. The jury was made up of 15 experts, among them the former Director of the UN Environmental Program and Federal Minister of the Environment, Prof. Klaus Töpfer, the Head of the Potsdam Institute, Prof. H. J. Schellnhuber, and the Head of the Council for Sustainable Development, Dr. Volker Hauff. For further information please go to About SolarWorld AG The SolarWorld AG group of companies (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a world leader in high quality solar power technology. The company is involved at all levels of the solar value chain and combines all activities of the solar industry from silicon as the raw material to turn-key solar power systems. SolarWorld AG is represented in all the world’s solar growth markets. The group is exclusively dedicated to its core business of photovoltaic power generation operating production facilities in Germany, USA and South Korea. They in turn supply the SolarWorld AG 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 also sells off-grid solar power solutions that make an important contribution to the sustainable economic development of threshold and developing countries. Under the name Solar2World the group has pooled its ethical commitment to solar power especially in developing countries. SolarWorld AG employs 2,254 people worldwide. At the stock market the company is listed among others in the technology index TecDAX, in the ÖkoDAX, in the Dow Jones STOXX 600, in the international MSCI index as well as in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI. SolarWorld Press contact SolarWorld AG Martin-Luther-King-Straße 24 53175 Bonn Germany Contact Investor Relations: Tel.-Nr.: 0228/55920-470 Contact Press: Tel.-Nr.: 0228/55920-459 Fax-Nr.: 0228/55920-9470 E-Mail: placement(at) Internet:


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