U.S. Patent Office Issues New Zep Solar Patent

Solidifies Zep Solar's position of innovation leadership

SAN RAFAEL, CA, USA -- February 7th, 2012 -- Zep Solar, Inc. (Zep Solar), developer of the first comprehensive platform for PV system installation, today announced the United States Patent Office's issuance of Zep Solar patent number 8,109,048 (the ‘048 patent). This new patent adds numerous new claims to Zep Solar's patent portfolio and further covers key aspects of the Zep Compatible™ platform.

Jack West, Zep Solar's Founder and CTO, noted, "Today's announcement further solidifies Zep Solar's position of innovation leadership and marks an important point of validation in the ongoing development of our intellectual property portfolio."

Mike Miskovsky, CEO of Zep Solar, added, "We continue to be encouraged by the growth of the Zep Compatible platform and business ecosystem. Our platform has been adopted by five of the top 10 PV module manufacturers, our installation systems now cover most major residential and commercial roof settings and we are shipping products on three continents. The PTO's issuance of the ‘048 patent, strengthening Zep Solar's already substantial IP protections, adds significantly to our momentum in the marketplace."

About Zep Solar
Zep Solar, Inc. was founded in 2009 by PV industry veterans to advance the proliferation of solar energy through well designed PV mounting and grounding products that offer speed of installation, ease and low cost to a wide range of applications. With its patented Zep Groove PV module frame technology, a catalog of its own mounting and grounding hardware, and third party Zep Compatible™ products, Zep Solar offers the world's first comprehensive platform for PV system installation. Zep Solar's platform drastically reduces the cost and complexity of designing, shipping, warehousing and installing PV systems. The company has nine prominent module licensee partners including Canadian Solar, Centrosolar, ET Solar, Trina Solar, UpSolar, Yingli Solar, Sharp Solar, Hanwha SolarOne and Eco-Kinetics. Please visit www.zepsolar.com for more information about our company and products. You can also follow us on Twitter @ZepSolar.

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