Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hoku and Solarfun Approve Amendment and Extension of Polysilicon Supply Agreement

May 13, 2008: 06:45 AM EST

Hoku Materials, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOKU), established to manufacture and sell polysilicon for the solar market, and Solarfun Power Hong Kong Limited, a subsidiary of Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: SOLF), an established manufacturer of both photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules in China, today announced that they have amended their polysilicon supply contract to increase the term of the contract from eight to ten years. Total amounts that may be payable to Hoku Materials under the contract have increased from up to approximately $306 million for the eight year contract, to up to approximately $384 million for the amended ten year contract. Hoku Materials and Solarfun also agreed to a mutual right to terminate the supply agreement if Hoku Materials is unable to raise an aggregate of $75 million in financing for its polysilicon production plant by December 31, 2008 (including the $25 million that was already raised by Hoku Scientific's sale of common stock in February 2008). Solarfun may also terminate the agreement if Hoku Materials is unable to complete polysilicon shipment milestones and quality specifications by December 31, 2009.

"We're strengthening our relationship with Solarfun by extending the term from eight to ten years," said Dustin Shindo, chairman and chief executive officer of Hoku Scientific. "A ten-year term allows us to better plan for our long-term operations, including the timing of future product sales and plant expansions. Adding the financing milestone gives each company the flexibility to terminate the contract if Hoku is ultimately unable to finance the completion of the plant. This makes sense for both companies, as it would be impossible to honor a long-term purchase and supply commitment if the plant is ultimately not built."

"We are pleased with the amendment of our contract with Hoku," said Solarfun's chief executive officer, Harold Hoskens. "We look forward to their timely delivery of polysilicon as scheduled by the 2nd half of 2009."

About Hoku Scientific, Inc.

Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOKU) is a diversified clean energy technologies company with three business units: Hoku Materials, Hoku Solar and Hoku Fuel Cells. Hoku Materials plans to manufacture, market, and sell polysilicon for the solar market from its plant currently under construction in Pocatello, Idaho. Hoku Solar is a provider of turnkey photovoltaic systems in Hawaii. Hoku Fuel Cells has developed proprietary fuel cell membranes and membrane electrode assemblies for stationary and automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells. For more information visit

Hoku® and Hoku Scientific® are registered trademarks and Hoku Solar(TM) and Hoku Fuel Cells(TM) are trademarks of Hoku Scientific, Inc. Hoku Materials(TM) is a trademark of Hoku Materials, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd.

Solarfun Power Holdings Co, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SOLF) manufactures both PV cells and PV modules, provides PV cell processing services to convert silicon wafers into PV cells, and supplies solar system integration services in China. Solarfun produces both monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon cells and modules, and manufactures 100% of its modules with in-house produced PV cells. Solarfun sells its products both through third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and directly to system integrators. Solarfun was founded in 2004 and its products have been certified to TUV and UL safety and quality standards. For more information visit

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