Ascent Solar Expands Retail Distribution Network into Japan

The EnerPlex product line is quickly becoming recognized as the gold standard of solar-integrated consumer electronics, providing consumers with lightweight, powerful and extremely durable charging solutions for all their portable electronics.

THORNTON, Colo.--Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a manufacturer of consumer and off-grid products integrated with flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules (CIGS), announced today distribution partnerships with Kyodo International Corp. and NARA Co Ltd. for the company's EnerPlex line of consumer products in Japan.


Kyodo International Corp. based in Osaka, specializes in supporting the entry of consumer electronic goods into the Japanese marketplace. Tokyo based NARA has a history of bringing both large electronics as well as consumer oriented electronics, to market in Japan.

John Maslanik, Ascent's Manager of Business Development said, "Japan represents a strong consumer market for our EnerPlex brand, a highly tech-savvy and affluent customer base which is also highly engaged in the renewable energy marketplace. In addition these partnerships open new opportunities for Ascent's revolutionary solar technology to be integrated into larger power generation projects."

The EnerPlex product line is quickly becoming recognized as the gold standard of solar-integrated consumer electronics, providing consumers with lightweight, powerful and extremely durable charging solutions for all their portable electronics. Surfr™, a line of solar and battery integrated phone cases, allows users to charge their phone anywhere and in cases of emergency. Kickr™, a line of portable solar chargers, provides a charging solution for most USB-enabled devices providing power almost anywhere and in nearly every situation and is perfect for emergency preparedness. With the addition of the Jumpr™ line of portable batteries, consumers now have a complete, integrated, solar charging and storage solution for life on the go.

About Ascent Solar Technologies:

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that are more flexible, versatile and rugged than traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into consumer products and off-grid applications, as well as aerospace and building integrated applications. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton, Colorado. For more information, go to www.ascentsolar.com.

About EnerPlex™: The EnerPlex™ brand is a registered trademark in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, European Community, and Japan. The EnerPlex brand represents Ascent's line of consumer products. These products, many of which are integrated with Ascent's proprietary CIGS technology, provide consumers with the ability to integrate solar into their everyday lives, while enabling them to free themselves and their electronics from the outlet. For more information on the EnerPlex brand and to see the product line, please visit www.goenerplex.com.

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