updated 1/18/2011 8:45:35 AM ET 2011-01-18T13:45:35

CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akeena Solar, Inc. d/b/a Westinghouse Solar, (Nasdaq:WEST), a leading manufacturer and distributor of solar power systems today announced the appointment of Ron Kenedi to its Board of Directors.

Most recently Mr. Kenedi served as vice president of Sharp Electronics Corporation's Solar Energy Solutions Group. Since spearheading the establishment and expansion of Sharp's North American solar division, Kenedi played a key role in achieving several milestones in the solar arena. Under his direction, Sharp achieved the number one position in the solar industry for several consecutive years, and its products remain in high demand in the residential, commercial and utility scale markets. In 2003, Sharp further expanded its North American presence, becoming one of the first companies to assemble solar modules in the United States -- in Memphis, TN.  Prior to joining Sharp, Kenedi was vice president of sales and marketing for Photocomm/Kyocera Solar. In this capacity, he created and developed the organization's dealer network, and expanded Kyocera's U.S. market share from 5 to 20 percent within two years.

"Ron has over 25 years of experience in the solar industry, and is one of the smartest and most experienced people I know. His track record in building sales, marketing and distribution businesses for solar manufacturers is unparalleled," said Barry Cinnamon, Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Solar. "We look forward to working with Ron as a new member of our Board of Directors, as we continue to execute and focus on our distribution strategy while developing new markets globally for our Westinghouse Solar Power Systems. I am very pleased to welcome Ron to our Board."

"Westinghouse Solar is at the forefront of making solar power a mainstream energy solution.   As solar panel costs decline and the industry moves into its next growth phase, Westinghouse Solar's combination of technology, distribution and branding is unique. I am thrilled to be joining the Board at this time," said Mr. Kenedi. "I look forward to working with Barry and the Board as Westinghouse Solar builds its manufacturing and distribution business globally."

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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