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 partnership with the consumer electronics retailer Micro Center. Micro Center operates twenty-five (25) large computer and consumer electronics stores in major markets coast-to-coast in the U.S. Catering to a technology focused customer base, Micro Center is an excellent partner to help EnerPlex reach an affluent and informed segment of consumers. Richard Hashim, General Manager of EnerPlex, said, "The expansion of our direct retail presence into the Midwest is another important step in the growth of the EnerPlex brand. Our partnership with Micro Center, in addition to our other retail and distribution partners as well as the EnerPlex kiosks, will bring more consumers in contact with our revolutionary products every day in retail locations where they can touch, feel and interact with our revolutionary solar and battery power technology." "Micro Center is excited to let our customers utilize EnerPlex's innovative thin-film solar technology, which integrates solar into consumer electronics products from the Surfr solar integrated phone cases, to the full EnerPlex family of battery products and solar chargers," said Kevin L. Jones, Micro Center vice president, merchandising. "EnerPlex's reputation for ground-breaking solar and battery products is an ideal match with Micro Center's reputation for providing the most satisfying shopping environment for the latest technology. Customers can purchase EnerPlex's products and experience a new level of flexibility in portable power." Richard Hashim continued, "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. Surfr™, a line of solar and battery integrated phone cases, allows users to charge their phone anywhere and in cases of emergency. The Commandr™ and Kickr™ lines of portable solar chargers, provides a charging solution for nearly all devices enabling power to be generated almost anywhere and in nearly every situation, perfect for emergency preparedness. With the addition of the Generatr™ and Jumpr™ line of portable heavy-duty batteries and powerbanks, consumers now have a complete, integrated, solar charging and storage solution for life on the go." About Ascent Solar Technologies and Enerplex:
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. Enerplex is the brand of the consumer products and is a division of Ascent Solar. Ascent Solar and Enerplex are headquartered in Thornton, Colorado. For more information, go to www.goenerplex.com and www.ascentsolar.com.About Micro Center: Founded in 1979 in Columbus, Micro Center's 25 stores coast-to-coast are designed to satisfy the dedicated computer and consumer electronics user. Uniquely focused on computers and related products, Micro Center offers more computers and related items (more than 35,000 in stock) than any other retailer. Micro Center is deeply passionate about providing product expertise and exceptional customer service and has been consistently recommended by the leading U.S. consumer magazine as one of the best places to buy a computer. Consumers can visit www.microcenter.com for thousands of computer-related items, electronics and other technology products. Micro Center store locations: Atlanta (2), Baltimore, Boston, Chicago (2), Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York (5), Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. (2) Forward-Looking Statements: Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the Company's actual operating results to be materially different from any historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe these risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements that contain terms such as "believes," "belief," "expects," "expect," "intends," "intend," "anticipate," "anticipates," "plans," "plan," to be uncertain and forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.