Timbers U-23s announce SolarWorld as jersey sponsor

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers and SolarWorld, one of the largest solar energy companies in the world, announced today a new multi-year partnership that will feature SolarWorld as the official jersey sponsor for the Timbers U-23s, the organization’s new development team.

The Timbers U-23s will debut their new uniforms, featuring the SolarWorld name and logo on the front of the jersey, Saturday when they kick off their inaugural season in the Premier Development League. 

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with SolarWorld and their direct support of the Timbers’ development team, the Timbers U-23s,” said Ryan Brach, Timbers senior vice president of business development. “SolarWorld is a trend-setting company in the energy industry and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the greater-Portland community.”

"A relationship with the Portland Timbers makes perfect sense for us," said Vice President Bob Beisner. "Soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and its appeal is universal; in keeping with SolarWorld's rapidly spreading worldwide reach. The relationship also fits SolarWorld's world headquarters country of Germany, a nation that teems with soccer fans.

"With our North America headquarters now in Hillsboro, SolarWorld is committed to investing in the life of the metro-area community."

The Timbers U-23s open their PDL season Saturday against the Victoria Highlanders at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Beaverton, Ore., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or through the PGE Park reception office near the corner of SW 20th Ave. and SW Morrison St. in downtown Portland.

Formed in November 2008, the Timbers U-23s serve as a development team for the organization’s first team, which competes in the USL First Division. Comprised of college players and local standouts, the Timbers U-23s are an amateur team and compete in the PDL’s Northwest Division. The PDL is North America's top amateur league for players 23 years of age and younger and serves as a ground for elite and up-and-coming players.

The SolarWorld group of companies (ISIN:DE0005108401) is a world leader in high-quality solar power technology. The company is exclusively dedicated to its core business of photovoltaic power generation and combines all activities of the solar industry, from silicon as the raw material to turn-key solar power systems. SolarWorld is represented in all of the world's solar growth markets and predominantly produces in Germany and the United States. Its largest sites are located in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro, Ore. Worldwide sales of solar modules are secured by five sales offices in Germany, Spain, U.S., South Africa and Singapore. The central element of the business, in addition to the sale of turn-key solar systems and solar modules into the trade, is the distribution of solar silicon wafers to the international solar cell industry. Apart from grid-coupled products, the SolarWorld group sells off-grid solar power solutions. Under the name Solar2World, the group takes its ethical commitment to fair development to emerging economies and developing countries, particularly promoting off-grid solar power solutions exemplary of sustainable economic development.


Sustainability is an integral element of SolarWorld's corporate strategy. The corporate management is committed to sustainable and economically, ecologically and socially compatible growth. SolarWorld employs about 2,500 people worldwide. The company is listed on the stock market -- on, among others, the technology index TecDAX, the ÖkoDAX, the Dow Jones STOXX 600, the international MSCI-Index and the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.