Effren Appointed to Board of Directors of Westinghouse Solar and Resigns as President

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

CAMPBELL, Calif., Dec. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akeena Solar, Inc. d/b/a Westinghouse Solar, (Nasdaq:WEST), a manufacturer and distributor of solar power systems, today announced that Gary Effren has been appointed to the Board of Directors. Mr. Effren resigned as President, effective immediately, and will remain at the company to provide transitional assistance until the end of February 2011.

"Gary has been a great business partner to me and we are delighted that we will continue to benefit from his experience and leadership. His sound business judgment during our transition to a national distribution company has positioned us to reach profitability more quickly at a lower revenue level," said Barry Cinnamon, Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Solar.  

Mr. Effren commented, "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with our outstanding Westinghouse Solar team, and I look forward to contributing as a member of the Board. I am proud to have been a part of the transition of the company and believe the Westinghouse Solar technology and brand can be a powerful combination in today's solar market."

Mr. Cinnamon added, "As we mentioned in our update release on December 15th, we continue to see 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 will continue to add distribution partners to leverage our sales and work with our suppliers to reduce our costs. Business has been strong this quarter, and we are confident that we will see sequential revenue growth for our distribution business of more than 50% in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter."

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