updated 12/15/2010 8:16:32 AM ET 2010-12-15T13:16:32

CAMPBELL, Calif., Dec. 15, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akeena Solar, Inc. d/b/a Westinghouse Solar, (Nasdaq:WEST), a manufacturer and distributor of solar power systems, today provided a fourth quarter 2010 business update.

On September 10, 2010 Westinghouse Solar announced it would be expanding its distribution business to include sales of its Westinghouse Solar Power Systems directly to dealers in California, and exiting its solar panel installation business. The company provided guidance on October 28 that it anticipated sequential revenue growth for its distribution business of approximately 40-50% in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter.

"We are encouraged by the pace of sales in the fourth quarter and we are confident that we will see sequential revenue growth in excess of 50%," said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Westinghouse Solar. "Our agreement with Real Goods Solar to become an authorized Westinghouse Solar installer jump-started our California distribution business as they are installing Westinghouse Solar systems in the fourth quarter on projects we transferred to them, and are selling new systems that will be installed in 2011. We continue to add new dealers both within California and in the rest of the country, and our network of installers is now over 130 independent solar dealers extending into 34 states plus Canada.

"So far, we are seeing positive signs that the distribution business should prove to be as scalable as we anticipated when we made the decision to exit the installation business. We are also continuing discussions with new strategic distribution partners to increase our top line sales, and supplier partners to reduce our costs. We continue to anticipate that our cash operating expenses for continuing operations will be approximately $1.5 – 1.6 million in the fourth quarter. In addition, our efforts to protect our solar panel installation technology are evidenced by the latest patent we received from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization," concluded Cinnamon.

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 a leading 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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CONTACT:  Westinghouse Solar
          Barry Cinnamon, Chief Executive Officer
          (408) 402-9400
          bcinnamon@westinghousesolar.com

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