CBD Energy and Westinghouse Solar Receive 5MW Order From Australia's Largest Whitegoods, Electrical Retailer, Harvey Norman, Commercial Division
CAMPBELL, Calif., June 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEST), a designer and manufacturer of integrated rooftop solar power systems, and CBD Energy Ltd. (ASX:CBD), a diversified renewable energy company, today jointly announced an agreement to begin distributing Westinghouse Solar (WEST) Instant Connect" Solar Power Systems to Harvey Norman Commercial Division.
Westinghouse Solar CEO Margaret Randazzo commented, "We are excited to see such early and significant results of the collaborative efforts of CBD in marketing our products. To put this agreement in perspective, this order results in an increase that more than doubles our volume of shipments from the preceding year. Additionally, this demonstrates how we can leverage the global model and international market access that CBD offers, and gives us the opportunity to grow revenue outside the US market without punitive tariffs."
"We have high regard in the brand and multi award winning technology that Westinghouse Solar offers," said Gerry McGowan, Managing Director and CEO of CBD. "While CBD has been the main supplier of solar panels to Harvey Norman Commercial Division for a number of years, the size and scope of this agreement validates our assessment that there is an appetite for Westinghouse Solar's innovative products in the Australian market. Harvey Norman Commercial Division recognized the superior ease of use and safety of the systems, combined with the strength of the Westinghouse brand. The results of this activity clearly illustrate that Westinghouse Solar product is well positioned to be a global class leader," Mr. McGowan said.
This five megawatt purchase commitment is expected to be delivered over approximately six months following certification, and is subject to the system being certified in Australia. The certification process is currently underway and is expected to take approximately three months to complete. Once certifications are achieved, the company expects to begin shipping product in the fourth calendar quarter of this year. The Harvey Norman brand name is a retail icon throughout Australia with 185 franchised complexes throughout the local market.
Mr. Alan Stephenson, Franchisee of Harvey Norman Commercial Division said, "When CBD presented us with the Westinghouse branded, integrated 'plug-and-play' solar power systems, with less parts, superior safety and faster install times, we jumped at the opportunity to offer these products to our customers. Having a brand like Westinghouse to market is a great advantage for us. Unlike other regions of the world, the uptake of solar is quite strong, with over 830 megawatts sold in the Australian market last year. We look forward to having this differentiated product. Harvey Norman Commercial Division has been selling to the Building Industry for over 12 years. In addition to supplying kitchen, bathroom items, hot water and air conditioning systems, we have established a solar business, which we believe, will be a market leader. With Australian power pricing continuing to rise, we are continuing to see very strong demand for solar installations as we are already at grid parity," Mr. Stephenson said.
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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About CBD Energy (ASX:CBD)
CBD is Australia's emerging leader in renewable energy, enabling the efficient use of renewable energy for utilities, businesses and households through operations in wind, solar, energy storage and engineering. It has become one of the largest non-utility suppliers and installers of solar energy generation equipment for both large- and domestic-scale operation in Australia. Utilizing its globally competitive supply chain, CBD is also currently developing and profitably installing solar projects in Europe and Southeast Asia, both directly and through joint ventures. For more information on CBD, visit www.cbdenergy.com.au .
About Harvey Norman (ASX:HVN)
Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd, an Australian public company that, as a franchisor, grants franchises to independent business operators, as business owners who retail products for the home and office in the following categories: Electrical, Computers & Communications, Small Appliances, Furniture, Bedding & Manchester, Home Improvements, Lighting and Carpet & Flooring. There are Harvey Norman stores in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia. Harvey Norman operates under three leading brand names: Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne.
Harvey Norman has become a household name and everyone is familiar with the slogan 'Go Harvey, Go Harvey, Go Harvey Norman'. This company motto, much like the supporting anthem for a favourite sporting team, conveys the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit embedded in the Franchise operators and the Harvey Norman culture.
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