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Jun 26th, 2012
 
Global Solar will close the German CIS manufacturing facility
 
Global Solar Energy, Inc. (Global Solar or the Company), a leading manufacturer of flexible solar technology, announced that the German executive team applied for insolvency proceedings at Global Solar’s wholly owned German subsidiary, Global Solar Energy Deutschland GmbH (GSED).
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  • Flexible CIS(CIGS) module manufacturer Global Solar GmbH filed for insolvency.
  • The 35MW factory in Berlin will stop the production.
  • Global Solar Energy Inc. will continue the production of flexible CIS cells and modules in the Tuscon’s facility.

Global Solar is the leading commercial-scale producer of flexible, high-efficiency Copper Indium Gallium DiSelenide (CIGS) solar products and will continue to produce all product lines at its Tucson, Arizona factory. The GSED operations focused exclusively on the Global Solar PowerFLEX™ product line. Under current market conditions, the Tucson facility has sufficient capacity to meet demand. As a result of the GSED actions, the Company will no longer operate the 35 MWp Berlin, Germany production facilities.

Discussing the German proceedings, CEO Dr. Jeffrey Britt stated, “The EU renewables market is financially challenging due to high inventories, collapsing prices and significant reductions to European feed-in-tariffs. As a result of this difficult operating environment, a strategic decision has been made to plan and execute an EU capacity reduction and focus investment on the products and technology necessary to meet our customer’s needs and fulfill our business plan. Global Solar will continue to honor all of its warranty obligations and service European customers, but from its Tucson facilities".

“While unfortunate, the Berlin facility shutdown provides an opportunity to address financial structure issues, appropriately scale production capabilities and align with growing markets in Asia, the Middle East and North America. We continue to provide our customers with industry leading products, superior service and competitive pricing, while also ensuring the long-term success of Global Solar,” continued Britt.


 
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