31.01.12

Westinghouse Solar: Shareholder Lawsuits dismissed

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Campbell, California - Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEST), a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems, announced today that the Company received final approvals of settlements for its outstanding class action and state derivative complaints. The suits have been dismissed in their entirety with prejudice and on the merits, resulting in a release of all claims.

Additional detail of the settlement terms are provided in a separate Form 8-K filed on January 30, 2012.

About Westinghouse Solar (Nasdaq:WEST)

Westinghouse Solar is a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems. In 2007, Westinghouse Solar pioneered the concept of integrating the racking, wiring and grounding directly into the solar panel. This revolutionary solar panel, originally 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 first AC panel, which won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, has become the industry's most widely installed AC solar panel. Award-winning Westinghouse Solar Power Systems provide the best combination of safety, performance and reliability, while backed by the proven quality of the Westinghouse name. For more information on Westinghouse Solar, visit www.westinghousesolar.com.

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Safe Harbor

Statements made in this release that are not historical in nature, including those related to future revenue, revenue growth, operating expense rates, transition expenses, achievement of cashflow and EBITDAS breakeven and profitability, and product introductions and cost reductions in future periods, 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," "anticipates," believes," "should," "intends," "estimates," and other words of similar meaning. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified, and our 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 inherent uncertainty of future financial results, additional capital financing requirements, development of new products by us or our competitors, uncertainties in the timing of availability of new products from a new supplier, the effectiveness, profitability, and marketability of our new products, our ability to protect and defend 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, our 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 Westinghouse Solar, Inc. assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: Public Relations

         Gary Mull

         Westinghouse Solar

         (408) 402-9478

         gmull@westinghouseolar.com

         

         Investor Relations

         Matt Selinger

         Genesis Select

         (303) 415-0200

         mselinger@genesisselect.com
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