EnerPlex Expands North American Distribution & Retail Presence via Partnership with WYNIT Distribution

THORNTON, Colo.--()--Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into the company's EnerPlex™ series of consumer products, announced today the company's new distribution partnership with WYNIT Distribution, LLC.

Founded in 1987, WYNIT supports the outdoor retail and consumer electronics reseller channels. Every business day, WYNIT delivers millions of dollars of products from over 100 top brands to thousands of resellers across the country. In the US outdoor market alone, sales of gear and accessories surpass $120 billion annually, and portable power solutions including solar, are becoming more and more vital to those who choose to enjoy their leisure time outdoors, biking, camping, fishing, hiking and more.

Richard Hashim, General Manager of EnerPlex, stated, “This partnership with WYNIT will unquestionably help the continued growth of the EnerPlex brand into the outdoor market and into national resellers such as Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. Via WYNIT, EnerPlex products will be available to more consumers, in more places throughout the country, than ever before.”

Chris Bloome, Product Manager for WYNIT, announced, "We are extremely excited to carry the EnerPlex line of products. The flexible, lightweight and rugged solar technology from EnerPlex is an extremely compelling solution for outdoor and consumer mobile power products. No other brand offers consumers the ability to integrate portable power solutions so seamlessly into their everyday lives. This eco-friendly solar power solution from EnerPlexwill change the way outdoor enthusiasts power their outdoor and mobile devices.”

Mr. Hashim continued, "We are very excited to be working with WYNIT Distribution. WYNIT offers a tremendous reach into the broad retail and consumer products reseller channel in North America especially in the outdoor market. Entry into the outdoor market is an important goal for EnerPlex; as our innovative, lightweight solar and portable power products provide outdoor consumers the ability to bring power with them even when away from the outlet. In the past, the only other solutions available to end users were bulky batteries or heavy silicon-based solar panels.”

EnerPlex has quickly changed the paradigm of solar-integrated consumer electronics, providing consumers with lightweight, powerful and extremely durable charging solutions for all their portable electronics. SurfrTM, a line of solar and battery integrated phone cases, allows users to charge their phone anywhere and in cases of emergency. KickrTM, a line of portable solar chargers, provides a charging solution for most USB enabled devices enabling power to be generated almost anywhere and in nearly every situation, perfect for emergency preparedness. With the addition of the JumprTM 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. 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 towww.goenerplex.com, www.ascentsolar.com.

About WYNIT Distribution, LLC:

WYNIT Distribution, LLC is a leading national distributor of products from the top national brands in the consumer electronics, photo, wide format printing, security and outdoor leisure and adventure industries. Based in North Syracuse, NY the company serves a wide range of customers ranging from large national retailers to independent resellers through dedicated business units and strategically located distribution facilities in Memphis, TN and Reno, NV. Founded in 1987 WYNIT Distribution, LLC’s mission is to improve the competitive position of its customers and suppliers.

Forward-Looking Statements:

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Contacts

Ascent Solar Technologies
Investor Relations Contact:
CleanTech IR
Brion D. Tanous, 310-541-6824
Mobile: 424-634-8592
btanous@cleantech-ir.com
or
Ascent Solar Technologies
Justin R. Jacobs, 1-720-872-5194
jjacobs@ascentsolar.com

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Contacts

Ascent Solar Technologies
Investor Relations Contact:
CleanTech IR
Brion D. Tanous, 310-541-6824
Mobile: 424-634-8592
btanous@cleantech-ir.com
or
Ascent Solar Technologies
Justin R. Jacobs, 1-720-872-5194
jjacobs@ascentsolar.com