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Akeena Solar Reaches Coast to Coast With Expansion Into Connecticut

Nation’s Leading Solar Installer Answers the Call in Rapidly Growing Market
LOS GATOS, CA., Aug. 5, 2008
Source: Akeena Solar Inc, press release

Responding to consumer demand and a booming residential solar market in New England, Akeena Solar (Nasdaq:AKNS), one of the United States’ leading solar installers, today announced it will expand its operations into Connecticut. The new location at 435 Boston Post Road, Milford, Conn., is the tenth office opened by Akeena Solar.  The company has already completed more than 40 installations in Connecticut, and due to the recent passage of new rebates in Connecticut and rising electricity costs, the demand for Akeena Solar’s award-winning beautifully designed, high performance Andalay panels is rapidly growing.

“The thriving New England solar market is proving that California isn’t the only state where it makes sense to go solar. Connecticut and the tri-state area is poised to become one of the major adopters of solar power in the nation,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Akeena Solar. “Connecticut, like many areas around the country, has been hit with skyrocketing energy costs at home and at the pump. We look forward to helping homeowners go solar and bring down those costs with clean, renewable solar power.”

Beyond the obvious financial and environmental advantages of switching to solar, Akeena’s Andalay solar power systems offers homeowners a sleek, attractive panel that has resonated with thousands of California homeowners concerned with putting bulky, ordinary solar panels on their roofs.

Based on Akeena’s years of installation experience, the Andalay solar power systems streamlines the installation processes by incorporating the external racking and electrical wiring into the panels themselves. This breakthrough design eliminates 70 percent of the parts and reduces 25 percent of rooftop penetrations necessary in the installation of ordinary rack-mounted systems. In addition, Andalay averts installation complexities and protects electrical wires from weather exposure — both deficiencies of ordinary systems that affect the overall performance over its 25-year life. Andalay was recently honored with an Innovative Home Technology Award from TecHome Builder Magazine.

“With rate hikes announced by Connecticut’s two utilities early last month, residents are opening their August bills to find yet again, more money they have to spend on energy,” said Darren Bronen, Akeena Solar’s regional manager for the Connecticut office also serving New York and New Jersey. “We are excited to bring CT families more affordable, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing solar power for their homes.”