EEG to assemble new 250 watt AC and DC Integrated Rooftop Solar Modules using Westinghouse Solar’s Proprietary Technology
Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (OTCQB:WEST), a designer and manufacturer of integrated rooftop solar power systems, and Environmental Engineering Group Pty Ltd (EEG), today announced a Supply Agreement for the assembly of Westinghouse Solar’s proprietary solar modules. EEG is an assembler of polycrystalline modules located in Stapylton, Australia, and a preferred supplier of CBD Energy Limited (ASX:CBD). As previously announced, Westinghouse Solar is working towards completing a merger with CBD in 2013.
Under the Supply Agreement, EEG will serve as a contract assembler of new 250 watt AC and DC solar modules to be built according to the Company’s specifications and using the Company’s proprietary design and technology (“Products”), exclusively for sale to the Company and in support of the Company’s sales to solar distributors, solar installers, solar retailers, private label customers, major home improvement retailers and homebuilders. The new Products will be designed for use in solar power systems for residential and commercial rooftop customers primarily in the United States and Australia. The Products will carry the Westinghouse Solar brand name and will be labeled to indicate “Assembled in Australia.” Products distributed in the United States will utilize modules containing Taiwan cells and therefore not subject to punitive Chinese tariffs. Pursuant to the Supply Agreement, EEG will provide the Company with Products at market-competitive pricing, and in volume levels sufficient to meet the Company’s forecasted needs. The Company is not obligated to purchase any minimum or required volumes of Products from EEG, except to the extent of any fully executed purchase orders. The Supply Agreement will continue through December 31, 2015, and contains a provision whereby either party can terminate without cause by providing 90 days’ prior written notice.
The new modules recently achieved UL certification for U.S. distribution. The IEC certification process for Australian distribution is currently underway and is expected to be complete in June 2013. The Company expects to begin shipping product to customers by early in the third calendar quarter of this year.
Founded in 2001, Westinghouse Solar is a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems. In 2007, Westinghouse Solar pioneered the concept of integrating the racking, wiring and grounding directly into the solar panel. This revolutionary solar panel, originally branded “Andalay”, quickly won industry acclaim. In 2009, the company again broke new ground with the first integrated AC solar panel, reducing the number of components for a rooftop solar installation by approximately 80 percent and lowering labor costs by approximately 50 percent. This AC panel, which won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, has become the industry’s most widely installed AC solar panel. A new generation of products named “Instant Connect” was introduced in 2012 and is expected to achieve even greater market acceptance. Award-winning Westinghouse Solar Power Systems provide the best combination of safety, performance and reliability, while backed by the proven quality of the Westinghouse name. For more information on Westinghouse Solar, visit www.westinghousesolar.com.
Environmental Engineering Group Pty Ltd specialises in manufacturing and installation of solar energy equipment and systems.The founders of EEG look back on many years’ experience in the solar industry and have assembled a team of experts with in depth knowledge and skills in PV technology and project management. EEG team members have successfully completed solar projects throughout the South Pacific and in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Environmental Engineering Group Pty Ltd works closely with Westinghouse Solar through product manufacturing and supply of solar modules. With the solar module assembly plant in Queensland, EEG is one of a few PV module manufacturers in Australia. EEG is the sole manufacturer of high quality Westinghouse Solar PV modules. For more information on EEG visit www.environmentalengineeringgroup.com.
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