Comtec Distributing Selects Westinghouse Solar Panels to Expand Energy Efficiency Product Distribution Business

Westinghouse Solar Instant Connect(TM) Plug and Play AC Panels Are a Natural Extension for Distributors Entering Solar Business


CAMPBELL, Calif., July 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEST), a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems, today announced that Comtec Distributing has selected Westinghouse Solar as their exclusive supplier of solar power systems to support expansion of their line of energy efficiency products.

Comtec Distributing has a network of dealers serving markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin.

"The plug-and-play simplicity of the Westinghouse Solar Instant Connect™ AC panels makes them the perfect solution to enable distributors to establish or grow their product line," said Gary Mull, VP of Sales and Marketing for Westinghouse Solar. "With 80% less parts compared to ordinary solar power systems, the solution is easy to sell and install, requires less training and support, and carries a trusted American brand."

"For twenty years Comtec Distributing has been distributing products that deliver energy efficiency and comfort to thousands of homeowners. The decision to add a solar division is a natural extension of our existing business. In researching the market, we quickly recognized the tremendous advantage that Westinghouse Solar Power Systems deliver. The ability to sell a differentiated product that is easy to sell, install and support, and looks great on our customer's rooftop, drove the dynamics of the business decision. Comtec Distributing is excited about the opportunity to distribute Westinghouse Solar's innovative Instant Connect integrated modular solar power system," said Frank Paolinetti, President for Comtec Distributing.

About Comtec Distributing

Established in 1993, Comtec Distributing serves an extensive network of retail dealers with high quality and efficient heating and cooling products serving markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. Realizing the importance of renewable energy, Comtec Distributing has recently added wind and solar to their existing product lines. For more information about the Comtec dealer network call 800-795-5925.

About Westinghouse Solar: (Nasdaq:WEST)

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" has just been introduced 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.

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         Gary Mull
         Westinghouse Solar Inc.
         (408) 402-9478
         pr@westinghousesolar.com
         
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         Genesis Select
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