ASE Americas Announces Manufacturing Expansion

Billerica, MA –January 3, 2001 – ASE Americas, manufacturer and marketer of high performing solar electric cells and modules, today announced a major expansion of its facility in Billerica, Massachusetts. ASE’s solar wafer production will increase from 12 to 20 megawatts per year. This expansion is the latest stage of an overall growth strategy that included two other major expansions of its manufacturing facility in Alzenau, Germany. This expansion is the result of overwhelming demand for ASE’s solar cells and 300-watt solar electric modules—the most powerful in the industry.

“Increasing the volume of our world-leading crystalline silicon, EFG technology will further improve ASE’s cost advantage”, said Tom Zarrella, Chief Operating Officer for ASE Americas. “With our resource efficient EFG wafer, state-of-the-art continuous cell manufacturing, and large area module, we have made important steps to making solar electricity a widespread source of energy.”

United States Representative Martin Meehan of Massachusetts is glad to see ASE Americas expand. “It’s great to see a technology leader from Massachusetts find strong demand in the market. ASE’s innovative technology harnesses the power of the sun to help serve our electricity needs.” said Meehan.

Work on the expansion has begun and will be completed by the fall of this year. ASE grows thin hollow octagon tubes, 20 feet in length, from molten silicon and uses lasers to cut the tubes into square and rectangle shapes. The silicon substrates are then processed into electricity generating solar cells. This process (called edge-defined film-fed growth or EFG) is the most efficient in the industry. New growth units and lasers will be ready for testing and installation by late summer.

About ASE Americas ASE Americas belongs to the TESSAG group, a top supplier of integrated technical systems and services (multi-utility services) focusing on the energy sector. ASE Americas uses advanced technology to manufacture high quality photovoltaic wafers, cells, and modules. ASE Americas’ products provide decades of clean, reliable electricity for businesses, homes, Energy Service Providers, and other applications. For more information on ASE Americas, visit the Company’s website at http://www.asepv.com .

Contact: Tom Hunton (978) 947-5918

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