Akeena Solar, an installer and manufacturer of solar panels, has entered into an exclusive worldwide agreement to manufacture, distribute, market and install its solar panels under the Westinghouse name.
Akeena's technology integrates the components of a solar energy system into the solar panel itself, reducing the parts count by 80% and improving performance and reliability, according to the company. Akeena says its AC systems produce up to 25% more energy than ordinary DC panels.
However, as solar purchasers move from early adopters to mainstream consumers, a lack of brand recognition derails buyers. This agreement directly addresses that issue, combining a trusted brand name with product reliability, performance and safety, Akeena explains.
As part of the Westinghouse transition, Akeena's wholly owned subsidiary Andalay Solar will be renamed Westinghouse Solar. This Westinghouse Solar subsidiary will manage the design, manufacturing and distribution of Akeena's AC solar panels.
Westinghouse-branded solar panels will begin shipping to customers in the U.S. and Canada later this summer.
SOURCE: Akeena Solar