ZBB Energy and Itron, in Conjunction With Additional Project Partners, Determine Site for Project in Southern California

ZBB Energy and Itron, in Conjunction With Additional Project Partners, 
Determine Site for Project in Southern California 
Finalizing the Project Location Paves Way for the Project to Commence 
MILWAUKEE, WI -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 --  ZBB Energy Corporation
(NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy
power platforms and hybrid vehicle control systems, today offers an
update to the project previously announced on September 8, 2010,
taking place in conjunction with Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) and other
complementary partners.  
This project allows ZBB to demonstrate the integration of an advanced
energy storage system at a yet to be publicly disclosed location in
Southern California. The project is partially funded from the
California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment and
Demonstration Program (CSI RD&D), and will provide for storage
technologies to be integrated at the selected location. The objective
of the project is to demonstrate the combined value of a photovoltaic
(PV) energy source and energy storage.  
"Based on the proactive leadership of partners for projects such as
this, as well as recent announcements regarding long-term procurement
goals relating to energy storage and distri
buted generation incentive
programs in California, we are excited about size of the opportunity
and near-term realization of the project, which is slated to be
commissioned this summer," said Eric Apfelbach, President and CEO of
ZBB Energy.  
About ZBB Energy Corporation 
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB) designs, develops, and
manufactures advanced energy storage, power electronic systems, and
engineered custom and semi-custom products targeted at the growing
global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency,
power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB and its power electronics
subsidiary, Tier Electronics, LLC, have developed a portfolio of
integrated power management platforms that combine advanced power and
energy controls plus energy storage to optimize renewable energy
sources and conventional power inputs whether connected to the grid
or not. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency
markets through their hybrid vehicle control systems, and power
quality markets with their line of regulation solutions. Together,
these platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in
global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and
residential end customers. Founded in 1986, ZBB's platforms ensure
optimal efficiencies today, while offering the flexibility to adapt
and scale to future requirements. ZBB's corporate offices and
production facilities are located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA with
offices also located in Perth, Western Australia. For more
information, visit: www.zbbenergy.com. 
About Itron, Inc. 
Itron is a global technology company. We build solutions that help
utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad
product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy
measurement and control technology; communications systems; software;
and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting
nearly 8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, Itron empowers
utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water
resources. Join us in creating a more resourceful world; start here:
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ZBB Energy Investor Relations Contact: 
Lewis W. Kreps
Three Part Advisors, LLC
David Mossberg
Three Part Advisors, LLC
Itron Investor Relations Contact: 
Sharelynn Moore
Vice President, Corporate Communications
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