Andalay Solar Panels Win PCBC Cool Product Award
LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Akeena Solar (NASDAQ:AKNS - News), one of the United States' largest solar installers, today announced that its Andalay solar panel was selected as a Cool Product Award Winner by the 2008 Pacific Coast Builders Conference. More than 675 homebuilding professionals singled out the sleek, high-performance solar panel from about 125 green product submissions and only 15 winners were chosen from a total of three categories.
In its sixth year, the PCBC Cool Product competition highlights achievements in innovation and creativity in the increasingly crowded home building products marketplace. This year's conference will have a special focus on green building — a market segment expected to account for $12 billion in revenue this year.
"We are thrilled that PCBC recognized Andalay as one of this year's cool products," said Barry Cinnamon, founder and CEO of Akeena Solar. "Skyrocketing energy prices have increasingly made rooftop solar power systems an attractive alternative for homeowners and people buying electric vehicles. Andalay offers a reliable, high performance solar power system that is also beautiful, sleek and elegant to homeowners who are no longer satisfied with ordinary, bulky panels."
Andalay debuted in September 2007. Based on Akeena Solar's years of installation experience, the Andalay panels streamline installation processes by incorporating the external racking and electrical wiring elements 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.
The Pacific Coast Builder's Conference will take place June 24 - 27, 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Expo Hall floor, where Akeena Solar's booth is located, is open from 10 am to 5 pm the first two days of the conference, and from 9 am to 3 pm on June 27.
About Akeena Solar, Inc.
Founded in 2001, Akeena Solar's philosophy is simple: We believe producing clean electricity directly from the sun is the right thing to do for our environment and economy. Akeena Solar has grown to become one of the largest national installers of residential and commercial solar power systems in the United States. The company's new solar panel, Andalay, is the only system with integrated racking, wiring and grounding. Andalay panels offer unprecedented reliability, performance and aesthetics. For more information, visit Akeena Solar's website at www.akeena.com.