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Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. : UNI-SOLAR(R) Powers One of the Largest Residential Solar Installations in the World

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09/20/2011 | 03:35pm CET

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (Nasdaq:ENER) and leading global manufacturer of UNI-SOLAR® light-weight, flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that its UNI-SOLAR brand photovoltaics have been used for one of the largest known residential solar installations in the world.

The solar installation is located in Chatsworth, California at the residence of Mr. Carl Harberger, an esteemed Sustainable Building Designer. United Solar provided 259 UNI-SOLAR brand flexible, lightweight photovoltaic modules for the 24 kilowatt (kW) solar installation. California-based solar installation company, ADR Solar Solutions, Inc., completed the project in July 2011. The solar panels will power the majority of Mr. Harberger's home systems that are typically powered by natural gas, including lighting, electronics and heating and air conditioning systems.

"ADR Solar Solutions, Inc. have designed and installed commercial and residential solar systems for the last seventeen years. We are thrilled to have added to our achievements the UNI-SOLAR installation in Chatsworth, Ca, making it one of the world's largest residential installations," said Ms. Nancy Palmer, ADR's Manager of Sales and Marketing. "UNI-SOLAR was the only application considered for this installation and is not only working as anticipated, but is a beautiful addition to the design of this state of the art home. ADR Solar Solutions, Inc. will use UNI-SOLAR on many upcoming projects with confidence and look forward to a rock solid relationship."

Mr. Harberger chose UNI-SOLAR panels because of the many unique features of the product. UNI-SOLAR's flexible and non-penetrating solar panels provided a perfect fit on the curved rooftop surface. Mr. Harberger took advantage of the rebates offered by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power as well as U.S. federal tax credits.

"United Solar is proud to be chosen for this opportunity, providing enough solar energy to power Mr. Harberger's nearly 6,000 square foot home. This is a perfect example of how UNI-SOLAR lightweight solar laminates can be integrated directly into a residence for a cost-saving and renewable energy solution," said Steve Szamocki, Senior Vice President of Sales-Americas of United Solar.

 United Solar has more than 25 years experience in the industry of solar power generation, and is the largest manufacturer of lightweight, flexible solar panels in the world.

About Energy Conversion Devices / United Solar

Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) (Nasdaq:ENER) is a global leader in building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics. Through its United Solar Ovonic subsidiary, the company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to clean, renewable energy using proprietary technology. ECD's UNI-SOLAR brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. The company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems, which enable customers to transform unused rooftop space into a value-generating asset. ECD's Ovonic Materials Division includes the Ovonic Battery Company, the inventor and worldwide licensor of nickel-metal-hydride battery technology and the developer of proprietary advanced lithium-ion cathode materials, along with other emerging energy storage technologies. ECD's Ovonyx joint venture is the inventor and worldwide licensor of phase change memory (PCM) technology. For more information, please visit ECD on the web at energyconversiondevices.com, on Facebook, and follow ECD on Twitter @ECD_ENER.

About ADR Solar Solutions, Inc.

ADR Solar Solutions, Inc. (www.adrsolarsolutions.com) is a leading installer of residential and commercial solar electric systems in Southern and Northern California. The company has been installing custom solar electric systems in California and the greater Los Angeles area for over 15 years. ADR Solar Solutions, Inc. is licensed, bonded and insured, specializing in solar electrical systems in Los Angeles California since 1994. The company delivers unmatched experience to commercial and residential customers. ADR Solar Solutions, Inc is AAA rated by the Better Business Bureau and is dedicated to give top quality and reliable systems to all of our customers.

CONTACT: Michael E. Schostak

         Director of Business Development & Communications

         Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

         +1 (248) 299-6063

         [email protected]


         Nancy Palmer

         Sales and Marketing Manager

         ADR Solar Solutions, Inc.

         +1 (877) 237-6477

         [email protected]
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