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SolarWorld Receives German Sustainability Award in the Category 'Germany’s Most Sustainable Production 2008'


At the weekend SolarWorld AG was voted the most sustainable production in Germany from among 350 applicants by the jury of the German Sustainability Award under the auspices of Horst Köhler, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, SolarWorld AG was nominated among the top three candidates in the category 'Germany’s Most Sustainable Brand 2008'. 'Our objective is to build a sustainable SolarWorld in the strict sense of the word in which the economic, ecological, social and ethical aspects are on an equal footing', says Dipl.-Ing. Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. 'That is what we stand for with our name and work for on a daily basis in the expansion of our business.' With the award the jury pays tribute to the sustainable corporate model and the production of the group consistently oriented towards quality and efficiency criteria. SolarWorld integrates all stages of the solar power technology value chain from silicon as the raw material to complete solar power plants coming full circle by organizing the complete recycling of the spent modules. What was also emphasized was the sustainable involvement of the company for example in the support of hospitals and schools in Africa by providing them with solar power generating systems. Sustainability also with regard to management remuneration The principle of sustainability also applies to the continuity and the financial remuneration of the management of SolarWorld AG. Since the inception of the company 10 years ago the company founder, Frank Asbeck, has been the Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld. At his re-appointment for another five years effective 8 January 2009 his remuneration will be subject to a fixed upper limit. It will not be allowed to exceed twenty times the average salary within SolarWorld AG. 'Sustainability must also apply to the remuneration of the managers', is the rationale given by Frank Asbeck for the self-limitation now chosen at SolarWorld. 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 and the USA. They in turn supply the SolarWorld AG sales offices in Germany, Spain, USA, South Africa and Singapore. In South Korea SolarWorld AG is currently building up a solar module production facility in order to be able to serve the growing demand in Asia on the spot in the future. 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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