Andalay Solar, Inc. operates as a designer and manufacturer of integrated solar power systems and solar panels with integrated microinverters (AC solar panels). The company’s products are designed for use in solar power systems for residential and commercial rooftop customers. The company offers plug and play solar panel technology, under the brand name Andalay. Strategy The key elements of the company’s include developing and commercializing its solar panel technology optimized for the residential and commercial markets; introducing its patented solar panel technology to the marketplace primarily through licensing agreements with bankable, top tier panel manufacturers; and re-entering the solar power installation business in California to showcase best-practices for installation of its products and thereby accelerate the adoption of its products into the marketplace. Customers The company designs, markets and sells to solar installers and do-it-yourself customers across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America through distribution partnerships, its dealer network and retail outlets. Its products are designed for use in solar power systems for residential and commercial rooftops customers. Suppliers The company has a supply agreement for assembly of its proprietary modules with Tianwei New Energy Co, Ltd., a panel supplier located in China. The company has a supply agreement with Auxin Solar Inc. for supply of their Assembled in the USA solar panels. Pursuant to its agreement with Enphase Energy, they provide the company with micro-inverters. Intellectual Property Andalay Solar Panel: The company has seven U.S. patents (Patent No. 7,406,800, Patent No. 7,832,157, Patent No. 7,866,098, Patent No. 7,987,641, Patent No. 8,505,248, Patent 8,813,460 and Patent No. 8,938,919) that cover key aspects of its Andalay solar panel technology, as well as U.S. Trademark No. 3481373 for registration of the mark Andalay Solar. In addition to these U.S. patents, it has eight foreign patents. The company has nine other pending U.S. and foreign patent applications that cover the Andalay technology working their way through the USPTO and foreign patent offices. Trademarks The company has registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office the trademark Instant Connect (Reg. No. 4,290,244 and 4,290,245) for the designation of its patented “plug and play” solar panel. The company has also registered the trademarks Double Your Power and Andalay Sola with the USPTO for two goods classes: providing computer software for photovoltaic systems for evaluating electric consumption, determining system sizing, estimating electrical output, estimating customer costs, and estimating financial life cycle savings, for use by consumers and businesses; and, installation of renewable energy systems, namely photovoltaic systems composed of solar panels, inverters, racks and electrical controls. Additionally, the company has applications pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to expand the goods classes for Double Your Power and Andalay Solar. The company markets its products under the Andalay Solar brand. History The company was founded in 2001. The company was formerly known as Westinghouse Solar, Inc. and changed its name to Andalay Solar, Inc. in 2013.
andalay solar inc (WEST:OTC US)
2071 Ringwood Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
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