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ReneSola Announces Divestment of Henan Polysilicon Joint Venture

2008-12-08 19:50 777


JIASHAN, China, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola" or the "Company") (NYSE: SOL) (AIM: SOLA.L), a leading Chinese manufacturer of solar wafers, today announced that it has sold its 49% equity interest (the "Divestment") in Linzhou Zhongsheng Semiconductor Silicon Material Co., Ltd. (the "Joint Venture").

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In August 2007, ReneSola and Linzhou Zhongsheng Steel Co., Ltd. ("Zhongsheng Steel") established the Joint Venture to engage in virgin polysilicon production in Linzhou, Henan Province, China. The Company invested approximately RMB103 million for an equity interest of 49% in the Joint Venture. In June 2008, the Company and Zhongsheng Steel amended the commercial arrangement in the joint venture contract to reduce the contracted obligation of the Company to purchase the output of the Joint Venture from 90% to a minimum of 55% at market price with a term of three years, instead of 30 years in the original agreement.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2008, the Joint Venture recorded revenues of RMB266 million and a net profit of approximately RMB131 million. Prior to the Divestment ReneSola equity accounted for its interest in the Joint Venture. In the three months ended September 30, 2008, the Company's equity interest in the earnings of the Joint Venture was US$5.2 million.

The Company has sold its 49% equity interest in the Joint Venture to Zhongsheng Steel for a total consideration of RMB200 million, represented by cash paid on completion of RMB44 million and either a credit of RMB156 million through a discount of RMB500/kg to the polysilicon spot price for future supplies or cash in the amount of RMB156 million.

"As part of our ongoing evaluation of our raw material sourcing strategy for 2009 we have determined it is in the best interests of our shareholders to divest our equity interest in the Henan polysilicon production facility," said Mr. Xianshou Li, ReneSola's chief executive officer.

Mr. Li continued, "The Linzhou facility will continue to provide us with polysilicon at a discounted price until the RMB156 million is fully credited. Our existing polysilicon purchase contracts, combined with the additional production from our Sichuan polysilicon plant and the Linzhou facility and expected tolling arrangements, should fully support our required feedstock for our 2009 wafer production output."

About ReneSola

ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola") is a leading global manufacturer of solar wafers based in China. Capitalizing on proprietary technologies and technical know-how, ReneSola manufactures monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar wafers. In addition, ReneSola strives to enhance its competitiveness through upstream integration into virgin polysilicon manufacturing. ReneSola possesses a global network of suppliers and customers that include some of the leading global manufacturers of solar cells and modules. ReneSola's shares are currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SOL) and the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: SOLA). For more information about ReneSola, please visit http://www.renesola.com .

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For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Mr. Charles Bai

ReneSola Ltd

Tel: +86-573-8477-3061

Email: charles.bai@renesola.com

Mr. Derek Mitchell

Ogilvy Financial, Beijing

Tel: +86-10-8520-6284

Email: derek.mitchell@ogilvy.com

In the United States:

Mr. Thomas Smith

Ogilvy Financial, New York

Tel: +1-212-880-5269

Email: thomas.smith@ogilvypr.com

In the United Kingdom:

Mr. Tim Feather / Mr. Richard Baty

Hanson Westhouse Limited, London

Tel: +44-207-601-6100

Email: tim.feather@hansonwesthouse.com / richard.baty@hansonwesthouse.com

Source: ReneSola Ltd
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