Andalay Solar Expands Product Line with the DC Instant Connect® Module

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Andalay Solar, Inc. is expanding its product line and re-introducing the world’s first fully integrated DC Instant Connect® Panel equipped with a unique plug-and-play feature. 

2-PanelUnlike ordinary solar panels, the revolutionary DC Instant Connect® Panel has built-in racking, grounding and wiring.  Each DC Instant Connect® Module comes with a pre-installed jumper cable, which eliminates the need to run a homerun cable and thereby eliminates costly wire management issues. As the panels come together, the junction box cables and jumper cable automatically connects. Just like the AC Instant Connect® panel that Andalay is currently selling, the splice rods provide both structural rigidity and an electrical grounding path, subsequently getting rid of the need for racking and copper grounding. Furthermore, the built-in racking and Andalay groove enable panels to be attached directly to the roof without a rail system which reduces installation time and creates a more aesthetically pleasing installation by enabling the solar system to be mounted more flush to the roof.

“We are very excited to be the only company to offer a rail-less DC Module with built-in wire management jumper cables. These enhancements increase performance and make our systems even more reliable and easy to install,” said Steven Chan, CEO of Andalay Solar. “With more than 60% of the solar market using DC modules, Andalay Solar intends to re-establish its position in the market by expanding its product line to the DC module.”

Most importantly, the DC Instant Connect® Module’s plug-and-play feature makes economical sense. From a business standpoint, the integrated racking, wiring and grounding has been shown to cut up to 25% of the total costs necessary to design and install a solar power system. From a consumer perspective, the solar power system is expected to maximize the shortening payback period for a system. To get a free quote for the DC Instant Connect® Module, please visit

About Andalay Solar: (OTCQB:WEST)

Founded in 2001, the Company is a designer and manufacturer of integrated solar power systems. In 2007, the Company pioneered the concept of integrating the racking, wiring and grounding directly into the DC solar panel. This revolutionary solar panel, branded “Andalay”, quickly won industry acclaim. In 2009, the Company again broke new ground with the first integrated AC solar panel, reducing the number of components for a rooftop solar installation by approximately 80 percent and lowering labor costs by approximately 50 percent. This AC panel, which won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, has become the industry’s most widely installed AC solar panel. A new generation of products named “Instant Connect®” was introduced in 2012. In 2014, the Company brought back the fully integrated DC solar panels. Unlike ordinary DC solar panels, the “Instant Connect®” DC panels comes built-in wiring which means no dangling wires to damage over time.  Award-winning Andalay Solar DC or AC Powered Systems provide the best combination of safety, performance and reliability. For more information on the Company, visit

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Statements made in this release that are not historical in nature, including those related to market acceptance of products, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “will,” “may,” “can,” “anticipates,” believes,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” and other words of similar meaning. These statements include all statements related to the intended re-establishment of the Company’s position in the market and benefits of the Company’s product.   The statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified, and the Company’s actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the Company’s ability to expand its product line and  successfully market its solar panel systems, the ability of its suppliers to continue to fulfill its product orders, its ability to successfully attract, retain and transition key personnel, its ability to continue to receive investment funding and maintain costs and expenses, the effectiveness, profitability, and marketability of its products, its ability to protect proprietary rights and information, the impact of current, pending, or future legislation, regulation and incentive programs on the solar power industry, the impact of competitive products or pricing, technological changes, its ability to identify and successfully acquire and grow distribution customers, and the effect of general economic and business conditions. All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

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