Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Nitol Solar and Suntech Expand Polysilicon Supply Agreement

Expansion of Strategic Partnership Between Nitol and Suntech
April 01, 2008: 08:00 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2008 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. , one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, and Nitol Solar Ltd., an independent polysilicon producer, today announced an expansion to the terms of their existing seven-year polysilicon supply agreement which runs from 2009 to 2015. Under the expanded agreement, Nitol has agreed to substantially increase the aggregate committed volumes to be supplied between 2009 and 2015.

Suntech recently announced a strategic investment whereby Suntech will acquire newly issued ordinary shares comprising a minority interest in Nitol Solar for a total consideration of up to $100 million, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. Suntech has already paid the first $33 million installment of this investment to Nitol Solar. The proceeds from this transaction will enable Nitol Solar to advance the development of its new 3,700 metric ton polysilicon plant based near Irkutsk, Russia which is expected to be completed in 2009. The new facility will utilize advanced polysilicon production equipment and the mature Siemens production technique with advanced recycling process to ensure the clean and safe manufacture of purified polysilicon.

Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, said: ''The expansion of our supply relationship with Nitol Solar further improves our long term silicon outlook and provides a robust base to rapidly grow our business. With Suntech's financial strength from the recent capital raising and plans for rapid capacity expansion, we will continue to build relationships with silicon producers that increase our long term cost visibility. We believe that this favorably priced silicon will accelerate our path to grid parity and we are confident that this will drive enormous demand for solar power systems regardless of the subsidy environment. We look forward to solar power becoming an increasingly important part of the global energy mix and meaningfully reducing carbon emissions and the dependence on fossil fuels.''

Dmitry Kotenko, Chief Executive Officer of Nitol Solar said: ''Suntech is a highly valued partner and our cornerstone customer, and we are pleased to expand our role as one of their key suppliers. This is another important step in our strategic relationship and we look forward to continuing to build our collaboration. Now that we have a strong order backlog and a diverse customer base, we are concentrating on ramping our first phase polysilicon plant and initiating the production of high-quality polysilicon as soon as possible.''

About Nitol Solar

Nitol Solar is an international Group manufacturing key chemical components for the global Solar Energy industry from an established chemical chlorine and silicon gas facility in the Irtutsk Region, Russia. Nitol Solar's current and envisaged product groups encompass a number of steps in the photovoltaic value chain from trichlorosilane gas through polycrystalline wafers utilized in solar cells. Nitol Solar's aim is to become a global leader in the efficient supply of products for the fast growing solar energy industry. For more detailed information please visit Nitol Solar's website at http://www.nitolsolar.com .

About Suntech

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is a world leading solar energy company as measured by both production output and capacity of solar cells and modules. Suntech is passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of high quality, cost effective and environmentally friendly solar products for electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility sectors. Suntech offers one of the broadest ranges of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products under the MSK product line. Suntech has sales offices worldwide and is a market share leader in key global solar markets. For more information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .

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