LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Akeena Solar (NASDAQ:AKNS), one of the United States’ largest solar installers, today announced that its Andalay solar panel won the Innovative Home Technology Award in the Alternative Energy category from TecHome Builder Magazine. A panel of housing industry experts singled out the sleek, high-performance solar panel from six finalists. This win follows the conclusion of the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference (PCBC), where Andalay was also honored with an award as one of the conference’s overall 15 Cool Products.
In its eighth year, the Innovative Home Technology Award recognizes significant advances and best practices by manufacturers, integrators and builders in technology development and implementation. More than 110 products and companies were submitted—the highest in competition history.
“We are thrilled that one of the most prestigious housing technology competitions recognized Akeena’s Andalay solar power systems as the best alternative energy innovation in the industry,” said Gary Mull, vice president of marketing at Akeena Solar. “As the green building industry grows and electricity prices skyrocket, homeowners are turning to alternative energy to reduce utility costs and their green house gas. Andalay offers a reliable, high performance solar power system that is beautiful, sleek and elegant. Homeowners are no longer stuck with bulky, ordinary systems that clash with the design of their homes.”
Andalay debuted in September 2007. Based on Akeena Solar’s years of installation experience, the Andalay panels streamline installation processes by incorporating the racking and electrical wiring into the panels themselves. This breakthrough design eliminates 70 percent of the parts and reduces 25 percent or more of rooftop penetrations often found in ordinary rack-mounted installations. In addition, Andalay averts installation complexities and protects electrical wires from weather exposure—both deficiencies of ordinary systems that affect the overall performance over its 25-year life.
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.