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Aug 10, 2015

SolarWorld Throws One Hell of a 40th Birthday Party

In the photo above, Solarworld Americas CEO Mukesh Dulani prepares to cut a PV module-designed cake with a laser, just one of the many delights at a truly buoyant conference hosted by him and his company this week in Portland.  Of note, this evening was our meeting Raju Yenamandra, SolarWorld Director of Business Development & Latin America, who is celebrating his 35 years with Solarworld and its predecessor owners, all the way back to Solar Technology Inc., and founder Byron Zerphy.  I mentioned our Arco M-51 module and he identified the year of manufacture as 1981; Raju is able to do this because he was there when those modules were designed and manufactured.  Factoid:  Did you know that the glass-laminated PV panels as we know them were invented by Zerphy and his company that is now SolarWorld?  It was indeed a pleasure to speak with Mr. Yenamandra, to get his perspective on this ground-breaking company, and to hear some back-stories of its early history.

Jeremy Smithson

About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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