Akeena Solar has entered into an agreement to manufacture, distribute, market, and install its solar panels under the Westinghouse name. The company claims that the contract was formed in order to combine a “trusted brand name with the reliability, performance and safety that buyers want.”
“Partnering with Westinghouse moves us one giant step closer to the goal we’ve had since I founded Akeena: installing solar panels on every sunny rooftop,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Akeena Solar. “Now, with the exclusive rights to the Westinghouse Solar brand, we look forward to accelerated growth without large up-front brand investments.”
James Davis, vice president, Westinghouse Electric said, “Akeena’s safe and reliable AC solar panels are a perfect complement with Westinghouse’s heritage. We are pleased to introduce Westinghouse Solar as the newest member of the exclusive Westinghouse family.”
As part of the Westinghouse transition, Akeena’s wholly owned subsidiary Andalay Solar will be renamed Westinghouse Solar. The subsidiary will manage the design, manufacturing, and distribution of Akeena’s solar panels. Akeena Solar, the California-based parent company and its authorized dealers, including Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, will have the exclusive rights to install Westinghouse Solar panels.
Westinghouse-branded solar panels will begin shipping to customers in the U.S. and Canada later this summer.