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Westinghouse Solar Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results

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CAMPBELL, Calif., Aug. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEST), a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems, today announced its second quarter 2012 financial results.

Westinghouse Solar CEO Margaret Randazzo commented, "The focus this quarter has been on our work toward completing the merger with CBD Energy Limited, and setting the framework for future growth. We managed our costs tightly, reducing our total operating expenses to $2.1 million in the second quarter, compared to $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2012. Settling the patent litigation with ZEP was also a priority. Our collaborative efforts with CBD brought a key international distribution opportunity for Westinghouse Solar during the quarter - a 5 MW order of solar panels from Harvey Norman in Australia. Domestically, these efforts resulted in a win for a design, engineering, procurement and construct (EPC) contract to build a solar system for a school in New Jersey. We are also leveraging our sales channels by partnering with distributors like Comtec, who have embraced the plug-and-play simplicity of the Westinghouse Solar Instant Connect(TM) AC panels. Recognizing the economic headwinds in our industry, particularly in the U.S., we are focusing our efforts on locations without tariffs, and looking for ways to diversify to sustain growth and mitigate volatility in the future."

Second Quarter Financial Results

Revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 was $1.2 million, compared to $2.8 million in the second quarter of 2011, and $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. The year-over-year and sequential declines in revenue were due to decreases in sales to strategic partners and the overall soft solar market conditions following punitive tariff announcements in the U.S. related to solar modules manufactured in China. The year-over-year decline in revenue was also attributable to lower average selling prices. For the first two quarters of 2012, revenue was $3.6 million compared to $4.8 million in the comparable 2011 period, a decrease of 23.6%.  

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