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Akeena Solar (AKNS) Receives Recognition From Popular Mechanics

Akeena Solar just announced that their Andalay AC solar panel system won a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Product Award. The award, which was presented to Akeena’s CEO Barry Cinnamon in a ceremony on Thursday, recognizes “world-changing innovations”- in Akeena’s case, a grid-ready system that performs well, with fewer breakdowns.

In a press release, Cinnamon commented on the award:

“Andalay AC’s reliable performance and installation simplicity are a giant step forward for the solar industry,” said Akeena … Read the rest

Akeena Solar (AKNS) Begins Shipping Andalay AC To Nationwide Sales Channel

Akeena Solar (AKNS) is announcing today that it has begun shipping its Andalay solar power systems directly to installers throughout the US including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Washington.

“We’re excited to have innovative solar installers eager to bring Andalay AC panels to even more homeowners and businesses.  The distribution success follows the recent announcement of a nationwide, two-year mutually exclusive partnership between Akeena Solar and MS Solar Solutions Corp. (“MSSS”), a subsidiary of … Read the rest

Akeena Solar (AKNS) To Develop AC Solar Panels

Akeena Solar (AKNS) and Enphase Energy have announced a partnership to develop and market the Andalay solar panel systems using ordinary AC house current output instead of high voltage DC output which are expected to cost less to install and provide higher performance than DC panels.  Under the agreement, AKNS will purchase a minimum of 5000 microinverters in 2009 & 2010 which will be built into Akeena’s award winning Andalay solar panels. 

AKNS estimates that … Read the rest

Akeena Solar (AKNS) Lowers 08 Growth Forecast

Due to delayed installation at a few large commercial project, Akeena Solar (AKNS) is cutting its 2008 annual revenue growth estimate from 30 – 40% to 25 – 20%.

“As several large commercial projects got underway during the quarter, our customers encountered construction management issues that caused the solar installation phase to be pushed out into early 2009,” said Barry Cinnamon, president and chief executive officer. “In contrast to the lumpiness of the commercial business, … Read the rest

Akeena Solar (AKNS) Quality Issues With Andalay Line

According to Barron’s Tech Trader Daily blog, Pacific Crest analyst Mark Bachman reveals quality problems with Akeenas’ solar panels.  Some of the problems he mentions, quoting information revealed by his contacts, involve the frame, not the performance of the modules themselves. Bachman continues: “Akeena touts the aesthetically pleasing nature [of its Andalay line] as a key contributor to charging a premium price. Poor manufacturing quality affecting the looks, coupled with reports from our contacts that

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