Ascent Solar Announces Debut of EnerPlex Packr™, Solar Integrated Backpack

  Ascent Solar Announces Debut of EnerPlex Packr™, Solar Integrated Backpack

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THORNTON, Colo. -- October 17, 2013

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (ASTI), a manufacturer of consumer and
off-grid products integrated with state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film
photovoltaic modules, announced the release of the EnerPlex™ brand’s first
solar integrated backpack, the EnerPlex Packr™.

The EnerPlex Packr in Orange (Photo: Business Wire)

The EnerPlex Packr in Orange (Photo: Business Wire)

The Packr backpack is integrated with a 3-watt regulated flexible solar panel
and equipped with a standard USB output, made with Ascent’s revolutionary CIGS
technology. The lightweight solar module adds minimal weight to the Backpack
while allowing it to maintain a traditional form factor. The 3-watt output
allows consumers to conveniently power up their smartphones and other small
electronics on the go, without ever having to stop and deploy the panel.

The Packr is immediately available for purchase via EnerPlex’s retail
locations in the Denver area, as well as online at www.goenerplex.com.

Robert Meck, Ascent’s Vice-President of Product Development said, “The Packr
is the perfect example of how Ascent’s transformational technology can be
applied to products which consumers use in their everyday lives. The Packr
provides a lightweight, useful, and powerful charging solution allowing users
to stay 'Always in Charge' while on the move, reducing the need for them to be
chained to an outlet.”

About Ascent Solar Technologies:

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic
modules with substrate materials that are more flexible, versatile and rugged
than traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated
into consumer products and off-grid applications, as well as aerospace and
building integrated applications. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton,
Colorado. For more information, go to www.ascentsolar.com.

About EnerPlex:

The EnerPlex™ brand is a registered trademark in the United States, Australia,
Hong Kong, European Community, and Japan. The EnerPlex brand represents
Ascent's line of consumer products. These products, many of which are
integrated with Ascent's transformational CIGS technology, provide consumers
with the ability to integrate solar into their everyday lives, while enabling
them to free themselves and their electronics from the outlet. For more
information on the EnerPlex brand and to see the product line, please visit
goenerplex.com.

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factors that could cause the Company's actual operating results to be
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uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Contact:

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