SCHOTT Solar Increases US Market Presence

Company Opening Regional Sales Offices to Increase Efficiency, Address Emerging Markets

SCHOTT Solar Increases US Market Presence


Company Opening Regional Sales Offices to Increase Efficiency, Address Emerging Markets

September 10, 2009 (Albuquerque, NM) -- SCHOTT Solar today announced that it is streamlining its North American sales operations. To better serve the North American market, the company will be opening regional sales offices in San Jose, CA and Elmsford, NY. The regional sales offices will be supporting SCHOTT Solar's newly-opened flagship manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company's Albuquerque site, effective with this announcement,has become the North American headquarters for SCHOTT Solar, Inc.

SCHOTT Solar is relocating the company's Sales Administration, Sales Operations and Customer Service departments from its Roseville, California office to the company's production site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SCHOTT Solar's existing office in Roseville, CA will be closing at the end of September.

SCHOTT Solar's new east coast sales office, just outside New York City, is strategically positioned to address the rapidly emerging markets in the region. The new San Jose sales office, located next door to its sister company, SCHOTT Moritex, is well positioned at the heart of silicon valley.

"By repositioning our U.S. sales operations we are creating a footprint that we believe will best meet the market, and our customer's needs," said Mark Finocchario, President and CEO of SCHOTT Solar, Inc.

SCHOTT Solar's US sales offices are responsible for bringing the high-quality products produced
in the company's flagship Albuquerque facility to the North American market. SCHOTT Solar recently announced their PV modules now have a 25 year warranty and produce power at or better than their specified rating at the time of production.

SCHOTT Solar's Poly modules are manufactured with pride in Albuquerque, New Mexico from domestic and foreign components. Modules from SCHOTT Solar qualify as a domestic end product and comply with the Buy American Act (BAA), the Trade Agreement Act (TAA), and the America Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

About SCHOTT Solar.
SCHOTT Solar, with its high quality products, enables the potential of the sun as a nearly inexhaustible source of energy to be utilized. SCHOTT Solar produces important components for photovoltaic applications and solar energy power plants. In the photovoltaic industry, the company is one of the few integrated manufacturers of crystalline silicon wafers, cells and
modules. The production of the wafers is ensured by the WACKER SCHOTT Solar joint venture, which also secures the supply of silicon, enabling long-term growth. In thin-film technology, SCHOTT Solar also describes itself an advanced supplier due to having over twenty years of experience. And in the production of receivers for solar power plants, SCHOTT Solar sees itself as a market and technology leader. Receivers from SCHOTT Solar are key components in large-
scale power plants that generate electricity from solar energy centrally on the basis of parabolic
trough technology and are able to supply entire cities with power. SCHOTT Solar has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA and Spain. The innovative power and technological competence of the company date back to the late 1950s. SCHOTT Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international SCHOTT Group. SCHOTT develops special materials, components and systems for the household appliance, pharmaceutical, solar energy, electronics, optical and automotive industries. With approximately 17,000 employees, the SCHOTT Group generated a worldwide turnover of about 3 billion USD in fiscal year 2007/2008.

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