|Traded as||FWB: SWV|
|Frank H. Asbeck (founder and CEO), Georg Gansen (Chairman of the supervisory board)|
|Products||Solar cells, silicon wafers, photovoltaic modules|
|Revenue||€1.305 billion (2010)|
|€192.8 million (2010)|
|Profit||€87.3 million (2010)|
|Total assets||€2.635 billion (end 2010)|
|Total equity||€922.9 million (end 2010)|
Number of employees
|3,200 (October 2014)|
|Subsidiaries||SolarWorld Innovations GmbH
SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH
SolarWorld is a German company dedicated to the manufacture and marketing photovoltaic products worldwide by integrating all components of the solar value chain, from feedstock (silicon) to module production, from trade with solar panels to the promotion and construction of turn-key solar power plants. The group controls the development of solar power technologies at all levels in-house.
SolarWorld was founded in 1988 as individual company by engineer and chief executive officer Frank Asbeck, and engaged in projects to produce renewable energy. In 1998, these activities were transferred to the newly founded SolarWorld AG, which went public on 11 August 1999.
SolarWorld has received German Sustainability Award in the category of "Germany’s Most Sustainable Production 2008".
The business also has a facility in Hillsboro, Oregon. The newer Hillsboro factory was purchased in 2007 from Japan's Komatsu Group. It is the largest solar cell manufacturing facility in North America.
SolarWorld AG has sales offices in Germany, Spain, USA, South Africa and Singapore.
SolarWorld has called for lowering Germany's lucrative solar incentives (feed-in tariffs). SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck is supporting a 10 percent to 15 percent drop for the incentives in 2010; the current policy calls for an 8 percent to 10 percent decline.
On 19 November 2008, SolarWorld AG announced a bid to buy German automaker Opel from General Motors. The bid was for 1 billion Euro, 250 million being paid in cash and 750 million being paid in bank credits. SolarWorld specified conditions such as Opel should be split from General Motors. Solarworld announced that it intends to create the first electric automotive OEM. However, GM rejected the bid saying "Opel is not for sale".
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- GM rejects bid
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