SolarWorld joined Portland Mayor Charlie Hales today to launch Solar Forward, a crowd-sourced campaign to pay for solar installations at some of Portland’s most beloved public spaces. The largest U.S. solar manufacturer since 1975, SolarWorld is one of five founding donors that together have pledged more than $20,000 to seed the clean-energy fund.
Earlier this year, Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) received a $100,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to establish Solar Forward and install a 10-kilowatt solar installation at Portland Parks and Recreation’s Southwest Community Center. This pilot installation features SolarWorld’s high-performance monocrystalline solar panels manufactured just 15 miles away at the company’s U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Hillsboro.“As engaged members of the greater Portland community, we at SolarWorld wholeheartedly support the vision of Solar Forward: a Portland where pervasive solar power contributes to clean air, a healthy planet and a robust local economy,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld. Once Solar Forward has raised $50,000, BPS will install solar panels at Portland Public School’s Oliver P. Lent Elementary School in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. Additional sites will be announced prior to future fundraising cycles. 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.