SolarWorld Solar Panels Begin Shipping to Supply 33 MW Ground-Mount Plant in Southeast Ontario  

  SolarWorld Solar Panels Begin Shipping to Supply 33 MW Ground-Mount Plant in
  Southeast Ontario

U.S. production enables sustainable cross-border transport by railway

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- May 25, 2011

SolarWorld’s high-performance solar panels have begun moving in rail
containers from near the company’s U.S. headquarters plant in Hillsboro, Ore.,
on their way to supply a 33-megawatt installation on land totaling 300 acres
in southeast Ontario, Canada.

Rail shipment is possible because SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar
technology manufacturer for more than 35 years, manufactures its crystalline
silicon solar electric panels in the major market geographies where the
company sells them. The practice minimizes shipping costs, fuel consumption
and noxious emissions. Every week, an average of 30 trucks each laden with 540
SolarWorld panels – about 3.75 megawatts total – leave the Hillsboro plant for
the Port of Portland’s nearby intermodal facility, where they transfer to rail
for their trip to Ontario.

The solar power plant site is located in rural East-Hawkesbury, just south of
both the Ottawa River and Trans Canada Highway and about 45 miles west of
Montreal, Quebec. In all, 144,060 panels are expected to generate 39
gigawatt-hours annually, enough to power about 2,600 homes. The development is
considered one of the most significant solar projects in one of the leading
North American political jurisdictions in terms of policy to cultivate a
market for solar energy.

“Low-impact shipping is just another upside of SolarWorld’s in-market
manufacturing,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “A
truly green manufacturer not only produces clean products but also minimizes
the impact of its production. Our manufacturing in North America reflects that

The Stardale PV Solar Project represents the first solar electric power
project of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., a leading developer, owner and
operator of hydroelectric facilities and energy projects in North America.
Enfinity owned and developed the project prior to its sale to Innergex and
currently is the project partner for engineering, procurement and construction
as well as operations and maintenance.

Rafael Dobrzynski, Chief Executive Officer of Enfinity Americas, said, “In a
major transaction like this, many different elements work together to deliver
a successful outcome. SolarWorld’s innovative production and freight solutions
played an important part in the deal. From our perspective, it is crucial that
the product is manufactured in the USA, which enables the project to apply for
support from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank),
improving the overall feasibility of the project.”

Work on the project began in November 2010; it is expected to conclude by the
first quarter of 2012. The total project cost is estimated at $140 million

About SolarWorld (

SolarWorld (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 of all sizes, 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. 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 developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic
development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 3,600 people. SolarWorld
AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on,
among others, the TecDAX and ÖkoDAX as well as in the sustainability index

About Enfinity (

Founded in 2005, Enfinity is an established leader in renewable energy (the
sixth largest in the world in its sector), with operations in Europe, North
America and Asia-Pacific. The company finances, develops and builds solar PV
projects and also owns its own portfolio of renewable energy installations.
Enfinity has been selected to build some of the largest renewable energy
projects across the globe, with 200 MW installed and operational worldwide.

About Innergex (

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is a leading developer, owner and operator of
run-of-river hydroelectric facilities and wind energy projects in North
America, and a developer of solar photovoltaic installations. Innergex’s
management team has been involved in the renewable power industry since 1990.
Innergex owns a portfolio of projects which consists of: i)interests in 23
operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 401 MW; ii)
interests in 11 projects under development or under construction with an
aggregate net installed capacity of 312 MW for which power purchase agreements
have been secured; and iii) prospective projects of more than 2,800MW(net).


SolarWorld Americas
Head of corporate communications and sustainability for the Americas
Ben Santarris
Mobile: 503-927-9858
Office: 503-693-5189
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