Saturday, August 30, 2008

Solarfun Signs Letter of Intent for Three Year Supply Agreement with Q-Cells

SHANGHAI, China, Aug 27, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd, an established vertically-integrated manufacturer of silicon ingots and photovoltaic ("PV") cells and modules in China, today announced that it has entered into a letter-of-intent for a three-year supply agreement with Q-Cells International, a 100% subsidiary of Q-Cells AG ("Q-Cells"), the world's largest independent manufacturer of solar cells.

Under the letter of intent, Q-Cells International intends to purchase from Solarfun a minimum of 100 MW of PV modules per annum using PV cells supplied by Q-Cells from 2009 through 2011. The modules shall be delivered according to Q-Cells design and specifications and used to serve Q-Cells International's rapidly growing systems businesses' requirements. In addition, both parties intend to complete an agreement whereby the companies will cooperate to further enhance the development of highly efficient and low cost PV solar modules.

Anton Milner, CEO of Q-Cells stated, "We are very pleased to establish this relationship with Solarfun which will support our growing needs for the rapidly expanding activities in Q-Cells International, in this case primarily outside of Europe. We aim to combine our high efficiency cells and Solarfun's competitive, flexible and high quality manufacturing base for solar modules to create high efficiency and cost effective module solutions for these systems. We believe that close cooperation between the two parties will provide each with opportunities to grow and compete effectively in the burgeoning field of renewable solar energy."

Solarfun CEO Harold Hoskens commented, "We believe this relationship is beneficial to both parties and provides a platform for further areas of cooperation. We are pleased that Q-Cells intends to choose us as a major module supplier with this sizeable commitment. Upon the expected entry into the contract, it will allow us to build additional scale, and leverage and enhance our corporate structure. We look forward to building further areas of cooperation and sharing process, product and application technology that could benefit both parties."

About Solarfun

Solarfun Power Holdings Co, Ltd. manufactures ingots and PV cells and modules and supplies solar system integration services in China. The Company produces both monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon cells and modules, and manufactures the majority of its modules with in-house produced PV cells. Solarfun sells its products both through third-party distributors and directly to system integrators. The Company was founded in 2004 and its products have been certified to TUV and UL safety and quality standards. SOLF-G

About Q-Cells AG

Founded in 1999, Q-Cells AG is today the largest manufacturer of solar cells worldwide. In 2007, with some 1,800 employees, the company produced monocrystalline and multi-crystalline solar cells with a total performance of 389.2 megawatt peak and delivered them worldwide to manufacturers of solar modules. More than 200 scientists and engineers at Q-Cells are working on advancing the technology so as to achieve the objective of the company -- reducing photovoltaic costs quickly and on a sustained basis and making them competitive. In addition to the activities in its core business, from 2008 onwards several Q-Cells AG subsidiaries will be producing photovoltaic modules on the basis of various thin-film technologies. Q-Cells AG has branches in Hong Kong, China and Japan, is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (QCE; WKN555866) and included in the TecDAX, the German technology index.

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