Friday, April 4, 2008

Yingli Green Energy Enters Korean Market

BAODING, China, Apr 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), one of the world's leading vertically integrated photovoltaic ("PV") product manufacturers, today announced that it has signed sales contracts with two Korean companies: Korea Electric Power Industrial Development Corporation ("KEPID") , a renewable energy company, and Kaycom Corporation ("Kaycom"), a distributor of electronic components and PV devices.

Under the terms of the contracts, Yingli Green Energy will deliver 1.3 MW of PV modules to KEPID by the end of April 2008 and 2.0 MW of PV modules to Kaycom by the end of May 2008. The PV modules to be provided by the Company under these contracts will be installed in KEPID's planned 1.8MW project in Naju, Jeon la nam-Do, Korea and Kaycom's Daelim Hae - Nam Project in Haenam-Gun, Jeon la nam-Do, Korea.

"Following successful achievements in Spain and Germany, I am pleased to announce these contracts with KEPID and Kaycom, which mark our first step in Korea's growing solar market," commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. "Korea is expected to play an increasingly important role in the development of the alternative energy industry, especially due to its favorable feed-in-tariff policy. We believe that cooperating with KEPID and Kaycom will help us strengthen our global strategic development by establishing a presence in the Korean market."

About Yingli Green Energy

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is one of the world's leading vertically integrated PV product manufacturers. Through the Company's principal operating subsidiary in China, Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Yingli Green Energy designs, manufactures and sells PV modules and designs, assembles, sells and installs PV systems that are connected to an electricity transmission grid or those that operate on a stand-alone basis. With 200 MW of total annual production capacity in each of polysilicon ingots and wafers, PV cells and PV modules, Yingli Green Energy is currently one of the largest manufacturers of PV products in the world as measured by annual production capacity. Additionally, Yingli Green Energy is one of the limited numbers of large-scale PV companies in the world to have adopted vertical integration as its business model. Yingli Green Energy currently plans to gradually expand annual production capacity of polysilicon ingots and wafers, PV cells and PV modules to 400 MW by the end of 2008 and to 600 MW by the end of 2009. Yingli Green Energy sells PV modules under its own brand name, Yingli Solar, to PV system integrators and distributors located in various markets around the world, including Germany, Spain, Italy, China and the United States. For more information, please visit

Solar Thin Films, Inc. Acquires Equity Interest in CG Solar of China

April 03, 2008: 03:47 PM EST

Solar Thin Films, Inc. (OTCBB: SLTN) today announced that it has acquired a 15% equity interest in China-based CG Solar (previously Weihai BlueStar Photovoltaic Co. Ltd.) in exchange for $1,500,000. As noted in Solar Thin Film's 8-K filing on 2/25/08, the acquisition was completed through two separate transactions.

On January 31, 2007, Solar Thin Films, Inc. (the "Company") entered into an Assignment and Assumption Agreement of Joint Venture Contract with Renewable Energy Solutions, Inc. ("RESI"), pursuant to which the Company agreed to transfer the sum of $500,000 on behalf of RESI to CG Solar in exchange for a 5% equity interest in CG Solar.

On January 31, 2007, the Company entered into an Agreement for the Plan and Sale of Equity Interest with Terra Solar, pursuant to which the Company agreed to transfer the sum of $1,000,000 to Terra Solar in exchange for the acquisition of a 10% equity interest in CG Solar.
The completion of both transactions has received all requisite approvals, including approval by the board of directors of China Solar Energy Holdings Limited, the parent company of Terra Solar.

The transactions, and acquisition of 15% of CG Solar, are consistent with the Company's strategy to take an equity interest, and purchase or marketing rights, in the operations of "turnkey" module manufacturing customers. Earlier the Company announced that it had entered into a marketing agreement with CG Solar providing certain rights to market their modules in North America and Europe.

About Solar Thin Films

Solar Thin Films ( develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of manufacturing equipment for the production of "thin-film" amorphous silicon and CIGS photovoltaic ("PV") modules, together with a wholly owned subsidiary based in Budapest, Hungary. Personnel associated with the company have been responsible for the setup of 14 thin-film photovoltaic factories worldwide. The Company sells equipment and turnkey systems to customers including EPV Solar (Hamilton, NJ, USA) and CG Solar (Weihai, China). Management believes that its line of cost-effective thin-film photovoltaic manufacturing equipment positions the Company to take advantage of the rapidly growing demand for solar modules and an expected market shift towards "thin film" PV modules as part of a cost effective, "clean technology" energy solution.

About CG Solar

CG Solar (previously Weihai BlueStar Photovoltaic Co. Ltd.) is an amorphous silicon module manufacturing company based in Weihai, China. The company produces both standard amorphous silicon modules and building integrated modules for sale in China and for export internationally. The company's shareholders include Blue Star Glass Company -- a Chinese glass manufacturer, China Xingyes -- a Chinese curtain wall company, and Solar Thin Films.

5 MW Thin-Film Factory Comes Online In China

China Stream Fund Solar Energy Co. has formally initiated production at its 5 MW thin-film amorphous silicon solar module manufacturing line in Changzhou, China.

According to the company's expansion plan, 30 additional 5 MW production lines with an output capacity of 150 MW will be completed by the end of the year.

"We are continuing to devote our best effort to accelerate the quality assurance testing and certification process of our final product, which is planned to be available on the market by the end of the second quarter of this year," says Alan Li, chairman and CEO of China Technology Development Group Corp., a strategic partner in the venture.