SolarWorld Solar Panels Will Power Carpet Tile Manufacturing Plant in
Shaw Industries Group Inc. increases use of alternative energy using
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- October 9, 2013
About 1 megawatt of solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S.
manufacturer of solar technology for more than 35 years, soon will go live
atop a carpet-tile manufacturing plant of Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Shaw) in
Cartersville, Ga., located about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta. The
Cartersville solar power system, expected to be commissioned later this month,
will contribute about 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of power into the Georgia
Power utility grid, enough power to supply about 100 homes.
A solar solution provider that is top-ranked in its industry in terms of
sustainability, SolarWorld produced the 3,700 270-watt solar panels for the
Cartersville plant in Hillsboro, Ore., SolarWorld’s U.S. headquarters.
SolarWorld is an entirely vertically integrated manufacturer focusing
exclusively on solar technology. SolarWorld’s U.S. manufacturing lineage dates
to 1975. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. headquartered in Dalton, Ga.,
Shaw is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor-covering
provider. The company continuously advances its commitment to sustainable
production and products worldwide.
“We at SolarWorld are delighted by this manufacturing connection,” said Ben
Santarris, spokesman for SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial unit
for the Americas. “Both companies recognize the profound advantages – in terms
of business and sustainability – of our manufacturing and employment within
the global economies where we operate most intensively as well as the
sustainable commitment we make to each. It’s a match literally made overhead –
on the rooftop of a manufacturing plant in Georgia.”
Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at
Shaw, said, “Solar is a mature, reliable power source, and the economics made
this a viable, long-term investment for this facility. SolarWorld has been a
valuable partner in the process.”
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
SolarWorld Industries America
Devon Cichoski, 805-388-6388
Media Relations Manager
On behalf of Shaw Industries
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