SolarWorld Summit Convenes Authorized Installers Across U.S.: ‘Stronger Together’

  SolarWorld Summit Convenes Authorized Installers Across U.S.: ‘Stronger

Loyal installation partners gather for inaugural, two-day conference

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- September 20, 2013

More than 250 people from every region of the United States and nearby islands
are convened for an inaugural, two-day annual summit meeting of SolarWorld’s
authorized installers, where they are reviewing the latest product,
manufacturing and marketing advances in support of high-reliability solar
solutions from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than
35 years.

SolarWorld convenes its inaugural authorized installer summit in Oregon.
(Photo: Business Wire)

SolarWorld convenes its inaugural authorized installer summit in Oregon.
(Photo: Business Wire)

The summit meeting has brought together many representatives of the company’s
large but still fast-growing core of authorized installers, which have more
than doubled in number since 2011. The authorized installer program provides
all of the elements that installers need to offer complete solar solutions to
their customers, including co-marketing, lead generation, design services,
financing options and turnkey systems.

The summit, titled “Stronger Together,” is showcasing the SolarWorld-led
network’s strength amid industry turmoil as well as its commitment to domestic
manufacturing and high technological performance, innovation and reliability.

Paula Mints, founder and chief market research analyst of SPV Research,
offered an overview of world industry trends on Thursday. Mints, who has
studied the solar industry for 16 years, said aggressive pricing beginning in
2009 has squeezed manufacturers’ margins, limiting money for research and
development as well as quality controls. The pressures have resulted in
business failures among U.S. and European manufacturers, Mints said. A healthy
solar industry needs diversified regional markets and domestic manufacturing,
she said.

Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial
unit for the Americas, bestowed SolarWorld Globe Awards to three authorized
installers, who in and of themselves demonstrate the breadth and depth of
support for SolarWorld within the U.S. market. Kilkelly honored:

  *Pacific Energy Co., based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., for its loyalty to
    SolarWorld’s U.S. operations since 1980.
  *Louisiana’s Gunn Solar Energy Systems for its high customer satisfaction
    and its success marketing solar solutions in the U.S. state with the
    second lowest electricity rates.
  *Pacific Solar & Photovoltaics for coming the greatest distance –  5,688
    miles from Guam  – to attend the summit.

Kilkelly also honored Water Missions International, a South Carolina
nonprofit, for its use of the company’s solar panels to power clean, safe
water systems within impoverished communities in the developing world.

Attending authorized installers gathered Thursday at a Portland hotel. Today,
they are convening at SolarWorld’s U.S. manufacturing operations in Hillsboro,
where they are taking in-depth tours of the facility, the largest
solar-manufacturing plant in the Western Hemisphere.

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 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, Ore. 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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