SolarWorld Delivers Multi-Partner Project to Pull Plug on Water-Aid NGO’s Electric Bill

  SolarWorld Delivers Multi-Partner Project to Pull Plug on Water-Aid NGO’s
  Electric Bill

100-kilowatt system will enable South Carolina’s Water Missions International
each month to supply safe drinking water to 100 additional residents of
developing areas

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- March 22, 2013

SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, today
joined Water Missions International (WMI), a host of supply and service donors
and dozens of volunteers in celebrating the commissioning of a 100-kilowatt
system at the international water-engineering nonprofit’s new headquarters
location in North Charleston, S.C. The system is expected to produce $1,000 a
month in savings on electrical costs, expanding the organization’s capacity to
provide an additional 100 people a month access to safe drinking water for
life, often using solar power to pump water through the organization’s
patented filtration systems.

Solar installation for Water Missions International, a water-aid nonprofit in
North Charleston, S.C. ...

Solar installation for Water Missions International, a water-aid nonprofit in
North Charleston, S.C., features 100 kilowatts of donated SolarWorld solar
panels. (Photo: Business Wire)

SolarWorld donated 450 solar panels, the system’s design and real-time
Suntrol® monitoring and engaged trusted business partners as donors, including
SolarWorld authorized installer Mountain View Solar, based in Berkeley
Springs, W. Va., and world-leading inverter manufacturer SMA America. SMA
donated the system’s complete inverter technology. Mountain View donated
on-site installation, procurement and electrical oversight. In part, the
installer managed dozens of WMI volunteers in a quick-time installation that
was concentrated in just four days. The system is among the biggest not only
in South Carolina but also among nonprofit international aid organizations.

A self-described Christian engineer ministry, WMI has led the way in
leveraging solar power to aid people in developing economies, according to
SolarWorld. Last fall, the company honored the nonprofit’s humanitarian use of
solar by bestowing its annual Einstein Award to founders Molly and George
Greene III and announcing the donation.

For many water systems, WMI combines as few as four to six SolarWorld solar
panels with a solar-powered water pump from Grundfos, the world’s largest
pump-maker, to supply clean, safe drinking water for as many as 5,000 people.
Without such systems, these communities would continue to suffer high rates of
water-borne disease and childhood mortality. As strategic partners of WMI,
both SolarWorld and Grundfos have for years discounted and donated technology
for deployment through the nonprofit’s community programs in the developing
world, where the nonprofit has approximately 175 employees in 10 countries.

“We are grateful for WMI’s ingenuity in using solar, and particularly our
high-performance products, to relieve suffering and save lives among the
world’s sickest communities,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld
Americas, the company’s commercial operation. “With this system donation, we
now want to leverage WMI itself, freeing up more of its resources to provide
more people with the basic necessity of clean drinking water.”

Aside from SolarWorld, Mountain View and SMA, project donors included Alder
Energy Systems, Charleston Water System, Engineered Power Solutions, GEL,
Maner Builders Supply Co., Osborne Electric Co., SCE&G, The Sharon Co.,
Southwire Co. and Terracon.

View a time-lapse video of WMI’s 100-kilowatt installation here. A
high-resolution photo of the installation is available here.

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 publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at

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