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Hillsboro's SolarWorld hosts installer summit

Hillsboro-based SolarWorld, a manufacturer of photovoltaic products worldwide, last week convened about 500 solar installers and 40 vendors from across the country for an annual summit.

Hailing from as far as Hawaii, Massachusetts, Guam, Mexico and Canada, the third annual SolarWorld Installer Summit showcased technical, marketing and business sessions, as well as an awards ceremony to recognize the biggest impacts that attendees have made in spreading solar technology nationwide.

A backdrop for this year’s summit was the celebration of SolarWorld’s 40 years of U.S. production. Bill Yerkes founded Solar Technology International in mid-1975.

SolarWorld has been the U.S. legacy of Solar Technology International since buying its industrial lineage in 2006. Today, the company operates consolidated operations at its Hillsboro plant.