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Bosch Appoints Daniels New Regional President of Solar Energy in North America

Daniels to oversee all North American solar business
- Daniels possesses more than 14 years of experience in solar energy

- Bosch Solar Energy continues growth after its first U.S. solar panel installation in 2010

Palo Alto, Calif. – Bosch has named Eric Daniels regional president, Solar Energy North America, Robert Bosch LLC. As the first appointed Bosch solar energy regional president, Daniels will oversee all aspects of its solar business in North America with a focus on business development initiatives.

“We are pleased to have Eric Daniels join Bosch in North America, leading the expansion of our solar energy activities in this market,” said Peter Marks, chairman, president and CEO, Robert Bosch LLC and member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH. “Bosch sees significant growth opportunity for photovoltaics in the U.S. market. With Eric’s experience and insight, we confirm our commitment to advancing the development of renewable energy technologies in North America.”

Prior to joining Bosch, Daniels was the chief technology officer for BP Solar for seven years, where he was responsible for the development of alternative silicon materials and system technologies. Prior to this position, he served as vice president of global component sales and led distribution and business projects for BP Solar. Daniels brings more than 14 years experience in solar energy, leading product development, sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering of renewable power systems including crystalline and thin film solar, wind and diesel hybrid power supplies.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Md., and a Master of Science in technology and innovation from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In 2009, Bosch Solar Energy North America established its office in Palo Alto, Calif., to prepare the launch of Bosch Solar Energy products into the North American market. The company presented crystalline and thin-film modules certified to the UL 1703 standard in 2010, an important milestone for advancing Bosch’s entry into the North American market. Bosch completed its first U.S. on-site installation of ground-mount solar panels last year, spanning 15,000 square feet of surface area at the company’s Proving Ground in Flat Rock, Mich. – a first step in strengthening the company’s footprint in the North America renewable energies sector.

Bosch Solar Energy AG, together with its affiliate companies, it is a leading supplier of photovoltaic products. With almost 1,700 employees and its headquarters in Erfurt, Germany, Bosch Solar Energy is the youngest division in the Bosch Group to date. From small-scale plants for single-family homes to finished large-scale photovoltaic projects, Bosch Solar Energy offers high-quality solar cells and modules for photovoltaic power generation, and handles the building of solar power plants, from initial planning to turnkey handover. For more information, please visit www.bosch-solarenergy.com.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,000 associates in more than 100 locations, with reported sales of $8.8 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros ($62.7 billion) in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros (approximately $5 billion) for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and www.125bosch.com.

Eric Daniels Hired as Regional SE President 2011 - April 2011


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