updated 1/4/2011 8:46:13 AM ET 2011-01-04T13:46:13

CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akeena Solar, Inc. d/b/a Westinghouse Solar, (Nasdaq:WEST), a manufacturer and distributor of solar power systems, today announced it has retained Genesis Select Corporation to enhance its institutional investor relations program.

Genesis Select will support the Company's efforts to cultivate long-term relationships with the investment community of portfolio managers and analysts by helping Wall Street gain a broader understanding of the Company's growth prospects.

"Genesis Select has a strong reputation for increasing the visibility and raising awareness of companies within the investment community. In completing our business transformation, we feel that the time is right for Westinghouse Solar to get out and tell our story," stated Barry Cinnamon, Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Solar.

"We look forward to working with the management team at Westinghouse Solar," said Budd Zuckerman, President of Genesis Select. "We believe that the solar industry is likely to grow rapidly in the coming years. Westinghouse Solar is poised to take advantage of this growth with their dependable, easy to use products combined with well-known name brand recognition. The management team has successfully reorganized the business and they continue to grow their distribution network. The company recently raised their guidance for the fourth quarter 2010 and looks to be at a break-even run rate by the middle of this year," added Zuckerman.

About Genesis Select

Genesis Select Corporation ( www.genesisselect.com ) is an independent investment advisory and financial communications firm that specializes in micro through mid-capital public companies. The firm's senior professionals integrate knowledge and expertise gained over 50 years at prominent Wall Street firms. Genesis Select works closely with clients to maximize shareholder value through strategic institutional investor relations and financial communications programs.

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
         
          Genesis Select
          Matthew Selinger, Partner
          (303) 415-0200
          mselinger@genesisselect.com

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