SolarWorld Solar Panels to Power New Head Office of Leading U.S. Wind
Turbine Manufacturer, Vestas
112-kilowatt system will push historical building in Portland, Ore., towards
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- July 21, 2011
Portland Mayor Sam Adams has announced that high-performance solar panels from
SolarWorld, the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar technology for more than 35
years, have been selected to power the North American headquarters of Vestas,
a leader in providing high-tech wind power systems. The move links two of the
top U.S. producers of renewable energy systems and underscores the companies’
confidence in the vitality of American manufacturing and the value of
The announcement came outside the 102-year-old Meier & Frank Depot building in
downtown Portland, future home of Vestas’ continental head office. The
building’s redevelopment will feature a 112-kilowatt photovoltaic system, the
largest roof-mounted solar array in Portland’s central business district. The
system will cap an impressive list of cutting-edge energy and environmental
features that are expected to position the historical building on Northwest
Everett Street to pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Platinum certification. The SolarWorld panels will supply about 12 percent of
the building’s electricity needs.
Both SolarWorld and Vestas have their headquarters for the Americas in the
Portland area. SolarWorld employs more than 1,000 workers at its main U.S.
site in Hillsboro, Ore., and more than 250 in Camarillo, Calif., where it has
operated a solar-panel manufacturing site since the late 1970s. Vestas employs
about 400 people in Portland and 3,000 nationwide. The company, which will
celebrate its 10^th anniversary in Portland next year, has sold more than
11,000 wind turbines in North America.
“As Portland seeks to become the capital of the global green economy,
collaborations among our leading clean energy firms are key,” Mayor Sam Adams
said on July 20. “I’m excited to announce this unique partnership. It’s an
excellent example of how two companies can come together and make something
great happen in Portland.”
Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., said, “Both
SolarWorld and Vestas act on shared renewable-energy outlooks: We believe in
U.S. manufacturing and workers, and we embrace a comprehensive approach to
sustainability. We invest, build, hire, produce and ship in markets where we
When complete in spring 2012, the building will measure 172,000 square feet,
including an addition on the fifth floor featuring an eco-roof terrace and
garden and tenant and retail space on the first floor. The redevelopment team
– led by renowned Portland sustainable development firm Gerding Edlen, which
owns the building – includes general contractor Skanska, a world leader in
sustainable building practices. E C Company of Portland designed and installed
the solar system.
About SolarWorld (www.SolarWorld.com):
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 3,800 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 Vestas (www.vestas.com):
Vestas is the world leader in providing high-tech wind power systems. Since
1979, Vestas has supplied more than 43,000 wind turbines in 66 countries.
Vestas sold its first wind turbine to North America in 1981 and has since
supplied more than 11,000 turbines to the United States and Canada. The
company's North American sales and service headquarters is in Portland, Ore.
Vestas employs about 3,000 people the United States and 20,000 globally.
Vestas’ global headquarters is in Randers, Denmark.
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Head of corporate communications and sustainability for the Americas
Vestas, North America
Andrew Longeteig, 503-327-7479
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