SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar
panel manufacturer for more than 35 years, was inducted Monday, July
2, 2012, into the Made in the USA Foundation’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of
Fame celebrates businesses that demonstrate excellence in U.S.
manufacturing. The foundation recognized SolarWorld
for its contribution to American job creation, commitment to high U.S.
environmental and labor standards, and leadership in fighting for fair
global competition in the solar industry.
In a ceremony in Santa Monica, the Made in the USA Foundation honored 20
companies, placing particular emphasis on producers of solar panels and
energy-efficient vehicles and the promise that these products hold for
increasing American energy independence. SolarWorld, leader of the Coalition
for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), won the award in the
solar-panel category. CASM represents about 215 solar producers,
installers and other industry employers of nearly 18,000 U.S. workers in
promoting sustainable and domestic green-technology production and trade
free of illegal foreign government interference.
"We thank the Made in the USA Foundation for recognizing the importance
of keeping solar manufacturing on American soil,” said Gordon Brinser,
president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., based in Hillsboro,
Ore. "Pioneered in America beginning more than 120 years ago, solar
manufacturing is a prize national industrial treasure. It grows domestic
jobs, furthers innovation through research and development and brightens
U.S. prospects for energy independence. SolarWorld proudly accepts this
award on behalf of our employees, suppliers and installation partners
across the United States as well as the long, multi-company U.S.
SolarWorld employs about 1,000 people on its headquarters manufacturing
campus in Oregon, and more than 100 more at its commercial hub in
Camarillo, Calif. The largest solar producer in the Western Hemisphere,
the company operates the region’s only completely vertically integrated
solar factory producing crystalline
silicon solar technology. SolarWorld’s Camarillo site has operated
continuously since the late 1970s, leading the industry in advancing
solar-panel technology, improving manufacturing processes and developing
"I have heard many times that ‘nothing is made here,’” said Joel D.
Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation. "SolarWorld has been
proving since 1975 that we can produce the best
solar panels in the world, according to the highest standards of
quality, safety and sustainability, right here at home.”
Since Oct. 19, SolarWorld has led CASM in backing trade cases to hold
the Chinese solar industry accountable to U.S. and international trade
laws for staging a systematic state-sponsored, export drive to eliminate
U.S. manufacturing competition. The U.S. Department of Commerce so far
has twice affirmed the trade-case petitions by imposing both preliminary
anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties on ballooning Chinese imports that
CASM contends has caused at least 12 domestic manufacturers of
crystalline silicon solar to downsize or close.
About SolarWorld (www.SolarWorld.com)
SolarWorld (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering
brand-name, high-quality, crystalline silicon solar-power technology.
The company’s strength is its fully integrated solar production. From
silicon as the raw material through wafers, cells and panels 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
high-quality panels into the installation and distribution trades and
wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are
located in Bonn, Germany, with sales sites in Singapore, South Africa,
Spain, France as well as in the U.S. state of California. 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
community aid projects using off-grid solar-power solutions in
developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic development.
Worldwide, SolarWorld employs about 3,300 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 NAI.