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SolarWorld Introduces Glass-Glass Solar Panel Featuring 30-Year Linear Guarantee



  SolarWorld Introduces Glass-Glass Solar Panel Featuring 30-Year Linear
  Guarantee

    Sunmodule Protect solar panel guarantees exceptional energy yield over
                            extended service life

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- March 13, 2013

SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, today
introduced its Sunmodule Protect glass-glass solar panel. No heavier than a
standard glass-film panel, the innovative new product is protected by one of
the industry’s highest-value performance guarantees.

In Sunmodule Protect solar panels, SolarWorld substitutes a panel’s
conventional backsheet with lightweight glass to better shield
energy-producing solar cells from the elements. This advance enables
SolarWorld to extend its linear performance guarantee to 30 years, up from 25
years, offering only 0.35 percentage points in lower performance protection
over each of the 30 years – one of the best performance guarantees available
in the world solar market. Sunmodule Protect solar panels debut in the second
half of 2013 through SolarWorld’s network of preferred distributors and
authorized installers.

“SolarWorld has advanced the cutting edge of solar-technology innovation for
decades, and Sunmodule Protect’s launch is the latest milestone in that
storied history,” said Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries
America Inc., based in Hillsboro, Ore. “We offered the first 25-year step
guarantee in 1997 and the first 25-year linear guarantee in 2009. This year,
we will offer the first glass-glass solar panel coupled with an
industry-leading performance guarantee.”

Sunmodule Protect solar panels are guaranteed to provide 86.85 percent of
their nameplate performance after 30 years of operation. With an annual
reduction in power protection of just 0.35 percentage points, Sunmodule
Protect provides substantial, long-term performance advantages over panels
containing polymer-based backsheets. As a result, the product’s
energy-yield-over-service-life ratio substantially exceeds that of
conventional glass-film panels.

Sandwiched between glass on both front and back, solar cells are optimally
protected against environmental factors such as water intrusion. Cells also
are less susceptible to shear stress, thereby reducing cell breakage. Even
with a second pane of glass, Sunmodule Protect solar panels remain lightweight
–  at about 46 pounds, comparable to glass-film panels. In addition, they
include the same sturdy aluminum frame used in Sunmodule Plus glass-film
panels. Therefore, the new product will work with all mounting systems
approved for use with the Sunmodule Plus product line.

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,600 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publically traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at
www.solarworld-usa.com.

Contact:

SolarWorld Industries America Inc.
Devon Cichoski
Media Relations Manager
Office: 805-388-6388
Mobile: 805-377-2905
Devon.Cichoski@SolarWorld-USA.com
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