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Energizer Selects Ascent Solar as Solar Panel Provider for Energizer Lantern Donation, Which Will Deliver 13 Million Hours of



  Energizer Selects Ascent Solar as Solar Panel Provider for Energizer Lantern
  Donation, Which Will Deliver 13 Million Hours of Solar Light to Families
  Living in the Dark Around the World

Business Wire

ST. LOUIS & THORNTON, Colo. -- June 20, 2013

Every day as the sun sets around the world, 1.3 billion^1 people without
electricity either live in darkness or expose their families to the hazards of
kerosene lighting.^2,3 This year Energizer and Ascent Solar will be changing
that scene for many rural families as they team up to donate 13 million hours
of solar light working with the global nonprofit One Million Lights.

Energizer chose Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTI) to be the solar
panel provider for the donated Energizer lanterns and lights because of
Ascent’s award-winning, flexible thin-film technology and interest in using
their transformational technology to benefit families in developing nations.
Unlike other traditional solar solutions, Ascent’s CIGS technology is both
flexible and rugged, ensuring that the lighting system will remain operational
even in extreme conditions. Additionally the lightweight attributes of
Ascent’s state-of-the-art photovoltaic modules enable the entire system to be
far more portable than systems that use traditional crystalline-based
technology.

“We are humbled that Energizer chose Ascent as the solar panel provider for
the donation to One Million Lights,” said John Maslanik, Ascent’s Manager of
Business Development. “Now and looking into the future, we are excited to see
our transformational solar technology leveraged to provide not just light but
opportunity in the developing world.”

The Ascent Solar panels will be used in a 7-LED Energizer[®] Rechargeable
Lantern and a 4-LED Energizer[®] Rechargeable Area Light. Both solar solutions
provide a safe, cost-effective alternative to traditional kerosene lamps for
rural families.

“Many families living without electricity spend up to half of their income on
kerosene lighting, which provides inadequate illumination, is hazardous to a
family’s health and poor for the environment,” said Anna Sidana, founder of
One Million Lights. “The solar lights provided by Energizer and Ascent will
not only help families save money but allow them to work, study and play a
little longer each day, helping to increase their overall quality of life.”

The mission of One Million Lights is to improve the daily lives of children
and adults by providing clean and healthy solar lighting through its
international distribution programs. Energizer began working with One Million
Lights in 2011 with the launch of the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter
World, a global series of nighttime running events where participants raced at
night by the light of an Energizer headlight to raise awareness for the global
need for safe, affordable lighting. In its first year, the Energizer Night
Race for a Brighter World featured more than 30 races in 20 countries,
donating 11 million hours of solar light. In 2012, Energizer donated an
additional 12 million hours of solar light through its support of One Million
Lights.

Its work with One Million Lights is part of a philosophy at Energizer called
“that’s positivenergy[™],” which represents a commitment to product
performance combined with programs and partnerships that make a positive
impact on the world.

“We are inspired to see and hear how our solar lights are changing families’
lives around the globe,” said Michelle Atkinson, Chief Marketing Officer,
Energizer Household Products. “Today we couldn’t be prouder than to be working
with Ascent Solar because they are a great example of a company using their
revolutionary technology to make a difference in underserved communities.”

The Energizer and Ascent Solar lighting systems will begin being distributed
to families in the summer of 2013. For more information, go to
www.ascentsolar.com, www.energizerglobalnightrace.com and
www.onemillionlights.org.

____________________
^1 2011 World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency
^2 Alternatives to fuel based lighting in rural areas: lbl.gov, Evan Mills
(2006), http://evanmills.lbl.gov/presentations/fuel_based_lightinggrocc.pdf
Mills (2005), Mills (2010), United States Environmental Protection Agency
(2010), Radecksy (2009), www.epa.gov
^3 World Health Organization Report (2002),
http://www.who.int/wshr/2002/en/whr02_en.pdf
 

About Ascent

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic
modules using flexible substrate materials that can transform the way solar
power generation integrates into everyday life. Ascent Solar's technology,
which was named one of TIME Magazine's 50 best inventions for 2011, can be
directly incorporated into standard building materials, commercial
transportation, automotive solutions, space applications, consumer electronics
for portable power and durable off-grid solutions. More information can be
found at www.ascentsolar.com or www.goenerplex.com.

About Energizer

Energizer Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: ENR], headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is one
of the world’s largest manufacturers of primary batteries, portable
flashlights and lanterns. Energizer is a global leader in the dynamic business
of providing power solutions with a full portfolio of products including
Energizer[® ]brand battery products, Energizer[® ]MAX[®] premium alkaline;
Energizer[®] Ultimate Lithium; Energizer[®] Advanced Lithium; Rechargeable
batteries and charging systems; and portable flashlights and lanterns. Visit
www.energizer.com, www.facebook.com/energizerbunny.

About One Million Lights

One Million Lights is a registered nonprofit with a mission to improve the
daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy solar
lighting. Its goal is to distribute one million solar lights and replace
dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps.

One Million Lights provides clean, safe, affordable solar lighting to rural
communities around the world through its international distribution programs,
made possible by partnerships and donations. These solar lights enable
children to study at night and adults to extend their workday, all while
eliminating carbon emissions, improving household health, and greatly
increasing income savings.

For more information on One Million Lights, please visit
www.onemillionlights.org, www.facebook.com/onemillionlights and
http://twitter.com/#!/millionlights.

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Contact:

Ascent Solar Technologies
Investor Relations Contact:
CleanTech IR
Brion D. Tanous, 310-541-6824
Mobile: 424-634-8592
btanous@cleantech-ir.com
or
Ascent Solar Technologies
Justin R. Jacobs, 1-720-872-5194
jjacobs@ascentsolar.com
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