Southwest Windpower Acquires SunWind Solutions

Advanced Software Technology Makes Renewable Energy More Accessible

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - December 14, 2010 - Southwest Windpower, the world's leading supplier of distributed wind generators, today announced the acquisition of SunWind Solutions, an advanced software developer for renewable energy systems. The acquisition supports Southwest Windpower's underlying ambition to make clean, affordable energy available to everyone.


SunWind Solutions' core competency lies in the development of web-based software that makes renewable energy system configuration simple. This software allows for the easy customization of commercial or residential systems that combine grid, generator, solar and wind power sources. Not only does SunWind's software cut design time from days to minutes, but it also increases accuracy, lowers costs, and eliminates the need for specialized training.

"With the SunWind acquisition, we now have a ‘best-in-class' dealer support tool, and the capability to model and optimize the complex integration of different power-generating systems." said Dixon Thayer, CEO of Southwest Windpower. "Southwest Windpower's renowned wind generator technology coupled with SunWind's user-friendly software interface, allow us to offer integrated solutions to those wanting affordable energy.

The acquisition will also increase Southwest Windpower's ability to support dealers and distributors in identifying prospects, as well as to support the complex integration of wind and solar "hybrid" systems into advantaged value propositions.

"This only the beginning for Southwest Windpower," continues Thayer. "We will continue to expand our resources and offerings in order to develop breakthrough products and services in the future."


About SunWind Solutions
SunWind Solutions is a software company for the renewable energy industry. The company, located in Flagstaff, Arizona at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, was founded in 2006 to address the problem of complexity in renewable energy system design. It takes the complexity of these systems and hides it behind an easy and usable software interface. SunWind Solution' software increases accuracy, lowers costs and eliminates the need for specialized training, creating perfectly optimized systems for virtually any user.

About Southwest Windpower
Southwest Windpower is the world's leading supplier of distributed wind generators. With history lasting more than two decades, the company is a global leader and pioneer in the design, manufacturing and distribution of small wind systems (400-3000 watts). Southwest Windpower has built and shipped more than 160,000 wind turbines to more than 120 countries worldwide and has sales representation in over 88 countries. Headquartered in Flagstaff Ariz., the company also has operations in Cologne, Germany and a joint venture in Ningbo, China. Applications for Southwest Windpower systems include residential homes, commercial properties, micro grids, remote cabins, telecom transmitters, offshore platforms, water pumping and sailboats. Southwest Windpower is the manufacturer of such well-known products including Skystream, Whisper and Air lines of distributed wind systems.

For more information on Southwest Windpower and its products, visit www.windenergy.com.

CONTACT:
Miriam Robbins
Southwest Windpower
928-779-9463
miriam@windenergy.com

Meredith Schneider
Howard, Merrell & Partners
919-844-2742
mschneider@merrellgroup.com

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