Intersolar Joins with SEMICON West for Largest Solar Tech Expo in North America

Intersolar North America will be held in Conjunction with SEMICON West, July 15-17, 2008 and Reach the Entire Solar Energy Technology Supply Chain

SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 6, 2007 – SEMI, the global industry association of companies providing equipment, material and services for the manufacture of semiconductors, displays, photovoltaic cells and related products, as well as Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co (FWTM) and Solar Promotion GmbH, organizers of Intersolar, the world’s largest trade fair for solar technology, today announced a partnership to host Intersolar North America. The new exposition will be the largest trade event serving the full solar energy supply chain in the United States, and will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on July 15-17, 2008, in conjunction with SEMICON West, the world’s first and most prestigious industry event dedicated to microelectronics manufacturing.

The rapidly growing worldwide market for solar thermal and photovoltaic products, equipment, materials and services is being driven by the rising cost of fossil fuel, increasing attention to global environmental degradation and technological advancement in cost-effective solar energy. Recent estimates project the global solar photovoltaic (PV) market to grow from US$13 billion today to over $40 billion in 2012, when electricity produced by PV technology will reach grid parity in many parts of the world. To help companies take better advantage of these unprecedented opportunities, both Intersolar and SEMI have been serving the solar energy supply chain with trade events, market promotion and other market development activities for several years.

Intersolar, held in Munich, Germany, has become the world´s largest trade fair for solar technology and focuses on the areas of photovoltaic technologies, solar thermal technology and solar architecture. Currently, SEMI organizes a range of PV-related events including PVJapan, the PV Fab Managers Forum and PV-focused technical events at major expositions such as SEMICON Taiwan, SEMICON China, SEMICON Europa, and SEMICON West. This agreement comes as a response to the rapid expansion of solar energy markets worldwide and the need for cooperation between all the major industry participants to serve the increasingly global supply chain and customer base.

“Like semiconductors, solar energy is poised to become an essential and ubiquitous part of modern life, and is one of the largest and fastest-growing technology sectors on the planet. Furthermore, similar manufacturing technology is pervasive in the two industries,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “With nearly 20 percent of the SEMI membership actively involved in PV manufacturing technology, the co-location of SEMICON West and Intersolar is a logical and highly complementary collaboration."

“We are pleased to join forces with SEMICON to increase the value of our respective expositions,” said Dr. Bernd Dallmann, CEO of Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH &Co. "Intersolar addresses the full spectrum of solar technologies. Like SEMICON, there is a focus on photovoltaic technology. With an additional focus on solar-thermal, architectural, components, and other related products and technologies, Intersolar will contribute a wider audience. Together, SEMICON and Intersolar present a broader range of opportunities for exhibitors and buyers," said Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion.

Intersolar North America will address the entire supply chain in solar energy including solar thermal energy and PV. Exhibitors will include PV cell, module and inverter manufacturers, polysilicon suppliers, equipment and material suppliers, components and subsystems, manufacturers of solar thermal applications for heating, process heat and cooling as well as architectural/construction services. Intersolar North America will be a co-located event with SEMICON West, occupying portions of the West Hall of Moscone Center. Registered visitors to SEMICON West and Intersolar will be able to attend the exhibition part of both events without additional fees or separate badges. Following the successful format of Intersolar Europe, a 1.5-day conference on PV technology and solar thermal energy will be held as part of Intersolar North America, requiring a separate conference fee.

About Intersolar

The international trade fair Intersolar is Europe's largest trade fair for solar technology and has been organized by Solar Promotion GmbH in cooperation with Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG since 2000.

Intersolar focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technology and solar architecture. Since its beginnings held in Freiburg, it has established itself as the leading international industry fair for producers, suppliers, wholesalers and service providers. Intersolar is an internationally recognised top-event in the solar industry. Intersolar Europe, from 2008 on held in Munich, is the world’s largest solar trade event with more than 800 exhibitors from the solar industry and an exhibition area of around 670,000 sft (62.000 m²).

For further information about Intersolar please go to www.intersolar.us.

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1971, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

SEMI Contact:
Scott Smith/SEMI HQ
Tel: 408.943.7957
Email: ssmith@semi.org

FWTM Contact:
Dr. Bernd Dallmann
Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co
Tel.: +49.761.3881800
Email: bernd.Dallmannn@fwtm.freiburg.de

Solar Promotion GmbH
Markus Elsässer
Tel: +49.7231.585980
Email: elsaesser@intersolar.us