updated 4/7/2011 9:16:20 AM ET 2011-04-07T13:16:20

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Solar, a leading global manufacturer of lightweight, flexible thin-film solar modules and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices (Nasdaq: ENER) in partnership with Advanced Green Technologies (AGT), announced the completion of a 807 kilowatt (kW) solar power system on a total of six school rooftops in the South Country School District in New York.

Bellport Middle School
UNI-SOLAR Powers Bellport Middle School in Bellport, New York




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"UNI-SOLAR laminates are a perfect fit for the South Country School District which was looking to install efficient and powerful solar energy systems," said AGT's President, Michael Kornahrens. "We are proud to provide excellent products to help the South Country School District strive for energy independence and play a major role in reducing greenhouse gases, all while educating the students on the importance of renewable energy."

These installations are expected to save the district more than $152,533 annually and will provide a carbon offset of 824 metric tons per year. The annual energy generation to the district is projected to be over 948,000 kWh per year – approximately 158,000 kWh of energy generated per school.

"UNI-SOLAR laminates are the most seamlessly-integrated solar products available today, which makes them a very desirable option for projects like those in the South Country School District," said Ken Fox, President-Americas of United Solar. "Educational partnerships such as this are critical to the future sustainability of our planet. By educating today's youth on renewable energy, we are developing a foundation for long-term sustainability."

Weidersum Associates Architects PLLC, a full-service architectural firm located in New York, was the project developer and Triple M Roofing, a New York-based roofing company, was the installer of choice for this installation.

A web-based solar monitoring system provided by AGT has been installed at each school, displaying real-time usage data. The monitors will detail energy and cost savings, providing school visitors, students and staff a clear understanding of the advantages of this earth-friendly technology and a hands-on educational tool.

United Solar has more than 25 years experience in the industry of solar power generation, and is the largest manufacturer of lightweight flexible solar panels in the world.

About Energy Conversion Devices/United Solar

Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) (Nasdaq:ENER) is a leader in building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to clean, renewable energy using proprietary technology. ECD's UNI-SOLAR® brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. The company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems, which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. In addition, ECD's Ovonic Materials Division is the pioneer in NiMH battery technology, and is developing low cost fuel cells, hydrogen production from bioreformation, and hydrogen storage technologies. For more information, please visit energyconversiondevices.com.

About Advanced Green Technologies

Advanced Green Technologies provides turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction solutions for solar energy installations. As a leading source for solar photovoltaic systems, AGT provides the products, designs, and support for installations of the most advanced, cost effective, and efficient green solutions for customers. Services include product selection based on building/site analysis, purchasing scale to drive down system price, system design and engineering, warranty integration, quality control, system maintenance, and output monitoring. For more information on Advanced Green Technologies, please visit www.AGT.com .

CONTACT: Energy Conversion Devices Investor Relations Contact:
         Michael E. Schostak, Head of Investor Relations
         investor.relations@energyconversiondevices.com
         (248) 299-6063
         
         United Solar Public Relations Contact:
         Wendy Ventura, Marketing Communications Manager
         pr@uni-solar.com
         (248) 299-6064
         
         Advanced Green Technologies Public Relations Contact:
         Angela Bethge, Marketing Manager
         angelab@agt.com
         (954) 735-2641

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