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June 30, 2008

Innovative Andalay Solar Panels Takes Home Best Alternative Energy Building Award

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Monday June 30, 8:01 am ET

Akeena Solar Wraps Up Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference With Innovative Home Technology Award Win

LOS GATOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Akeena Solar (AKNS), one of the United States’ largest solar installers, today announced that its Andalay solar panel won the Innovative Home Technology Award in the Alternative Energy category from TecHome Builder Magazine. A panel of housing industry experts singled out the sleek, high-performance solar panel from six finalists. This win follows the conclusion of the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference (PCBC), where Andalay was also honored with an award as one of the conference’s overall 15 Cool Products.

In its eighth year, the Innovative Home Technology Award recognizes significant advances and best practices by manufacturers, integrators and builders in technology development and implementation. More than 110 products and companies were submitted—the highest in competition history.

“We are thrilled that one of the most prestigious housing technology competitions recognized Akeena’s Andalay solar power systems as the best alternative energy innovation in the industry,” said Gary Mull, vice president of marketing at Akeena Solar. “As the green building industry grows and electricity prices skyrocket, homeowners are turning to alternative energy to reduce utility costs and their green house gas. Andalay offers a reliable, high performance solar power system that is beautiful, sleek and elegant. Homeowners are no longer stuck with bulky, ordinary systems that clash with the design of their homes.”

Andalay debuted in September 2007. Based on Akeena Solar’s years of installation experience, the Andalay panels streamline installation processes by incorporating the racking and electrical wiring into the panels themselves. This breakthrough design eliminates 70 percent of the parts and reduces 25 percent or more of rooftop penetrations often found in ordinary rack-mounted installations. In addition, Andalay averts installation complexities and protects electrical wires from weather exposure—both deficiencies of ordinary systems that affect the overall performance over its 25-year life.

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