updated 9/14/2010 6:45:26 PM ET 2010-09-14T22:45:26

LOS GATOS, Calif., Sept. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akeena Solar, Inc. d/b/a Westinghouse Solar, (Nasdaq:WEST) and Real Goods Solar (Nasdaq:RSOL), today announced a strategic partnership whereby Real Goods Solar will become an authorized dealer for Westinghouse Solar Power Systems for sale to customers in Real Goods' California and Colorado installation offices. Westinghouse Solar will transition the majority of its existing pipeline of projects from its former installation business to Real Goods Solar for installation of award winning Westinghouse Solar Power Systems. Going forward, Westinghouse Solar will be providing Real Goods Solar with leads to help expand this distribution relationship.

Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Westinghouse Solar commented, "We're delighted to welcome Real Goods Solar, one of the country's leading installation companies, into our dealer network. Their longstanding reputation for quality installation work and service is consistent with our heritage. Existing and future Westinghouse customers can expect a smooth transition on their projects, without any complications or interruptions."

John Schaeffer, President of Real Goods Solar commented, "We're very pleased to be working directly with Westinghouse Solar, whom we have admired for years as an industry leader.  Westinghouse Solar Power Systems, with integrated racking, wiring and grounding, have been on the market for almost three years, and we are proud to be able to offer these more reliable, more powerful and safer panels to our customer base."

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About Akeena Solar, Inc. d/b/a Westinghouse Solar (Nasdaq:WEST)

Westinghouse Solar is a manufacturer and distributor of solar power systems. Award winning Westinghouse Solar Power Systems provide the best combination of safety, performance and reliability, while backed by the proven quality of the Westinghouse name. For more information on Westinghouse Solar, visit www.westinghousesolar.com.

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