The General Services Administration (GSA), a federal agency that supports basic operational functions of the U.S. government, has awarded a Federal Supply Schedule Contract to SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. The contract authorizes SolarWorld to sell solar panels and complete solar systems directly to federal government agencies, offices and departments, including the Department of Defense, by dint of streamlined processes and procedures. The contract, which began in May, allows SolarWorld to offer solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services – for projects ranging from 20 kilowatts to 2 megawatts – to federal-government customers under pre-negotiated terms, conditions and pricing. The SolarWorld contract is part of a procurement program commonly referred to as the “GSA Schedules” program. The federal government’s premier contracting vehicle, the GSA Schedules program facilitates about $50 billion a year in spending and accounts for 10 percent of all federal procurement. The program establishes long-term, government-wide contracts with independent companies to help federal units purchase millions of dollars’ worth of products and services at volume-discount pricing every month. “We look forward to participating in a program that gives the U.S. government faster, easier, more efficient access to SolarWorld’s American-made solar technology,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial unit based in Camarillo, Calif. SolarWorld’s contract (number GS-21F-131AA), which was awarded under GSA Schedule 03FAC – Facilities Maintenance and Management, will be valid for an initial five-year period, with three five-year extension options thereafter. 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, USA. 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 www.solarworld-usa.com.