AstroPower Elects Key Distributed Power Expert to Vice President

Leading Industry Expert Howard Wenger to Expand Company's

On-Grid Solar Electric Power Segment



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from AstroPower, Inc.

    NEWARK, Del., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AstroPower, Inc. (Nasdaq:   APWR)
 announced today that Howard Wenger was elected Vice President, Premium Power
 Business.  Mr. Wenger has served as AstroPower's Director of On-Grid Business
 since 1998 and is known throughout the solar electric power industry as a
 pioneer in the distributed power generation business.
     Mr. Wenger led AstroPower's successful SunChoice(TM) program launch,
 making the industry's first fully-packaged Premium Power systems available to
 homes and businesses receiving traditional utility electric service.  With
 limited marketing, hundreds of systems have been sold to date in California
 and New York.  Most recently, Shea Homes San Diego, a top ten U.S. builder,
 signed an agreement with AstroPower to make SunChoice(TM) solar electric power
 a standard feature in its new home construction.  The Shea Homes partnership
 agreement, a milestone for AstroPower and the solar industry, marks the first
 time a national production builder will offer solar power as a standard
 feature on a large scale.
     Mr. Wenger is leading AstroPower's expanding initiatives in the Premium
 Power market.  Premium Power is power delivered with 99.9999% reliability,
 which translates to a maximum of 30 seconds of downtime per year.
 AstroPower's SunUPS(R) solar electric power systems are designed to exceed
 these "six nines of reliability," offering consumers an uninterruptible power
 supply designed for continuous power.  AstroPower's Premium Power systems
 automatically respond to utility power outages in 1/120 of a second.
     According to PV News the on-grid solar electric power market, estimated to
 be $1 billion in size last year, is the fastest-growing market segment,
 growing at more than 50% per year.  This on-grid solar electric power market
 is now greater than any other solar power market, including the industrial,
 rural, and consumer power segments.  Only five years ago, the on-grid market
 was the industry's smallest segment.  Demand for clean, independent power
 continues to grow rapidly as a result of residential and business electric
 bill increases and concerns about power reliability and the environment.
     "Howard is directly responsible for our rapid growth in the on-grid
 business," said Peter Aschenbrenner, Senior Vice President, Sales and
 Marketing of AstroPower.  "He organized the team that has enabled us to
 understand the market, build a network of authorized dealers, develop packaged
 products, and aggressively take them directly to the homeowner."
     Another notable AstroPower milestone achieved under Mr. Wenger's
 leadership is a $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water
 and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the nation, to supply over
 1.5 megawatts of solar electric power modules for the Los Angeles Convention
 Center and other municipal buildings around the city.  The LA convention
 center is the largest solar-powered building in North America to date.
     Mr. Wenger was also instrumental in the formation of GPU Solar, Inc., a
 joint venture of AstroPower and GPU International.  This partnership is
 dedicated to the construction of large scale, grid-connected solar power
 plants, principally to serve the regulated and deregulated wholesale
 electricity markets.  GPU Solar was responsible for California's first on-grid
 solar plant, built in 1999 exclusively as a result of customer choice.  This
 132-kW solar electric power plant is located in Hopland, CA.  GPU Solar's
 second facility, another 100-kW class distributed solar power plant, was
 dedicated in December 2000, in Berkeley, CA.  Mr. Wenger will continue to
 serve as AstroPower's primary liaison to, and Vice President of, GPU Solar.
     "Howard Wenger has provided a clear vision for the solar electric power
 industry's contribution to the world of distributed power," said Dr. Allen
 Barnett, President and CEO of AstroPower. "His expertise has helped to
 position AstroPower as an industry leader.  Howard will continue to lead the
 company's entry into new distributed power markets and new partnerships."
     Prior to joining AstroPower, Mr. Wenger co-founded Pacific Energy Group, a
 leading renewable energy consulting firm, which provided technical and
 economic analysis to electric utility, renewable energy, and government
 clients.  He was involved in seminal work on the valuation of renewable and
 distributed energy resources within electric utility grids at Pacific Gas &
 Electric Company from 1988 to 1992.  Mr. Wenger holds a Masters of Science
 degree from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, and has served
 as an Invited Research Scientist with the Ministry of Energy in Israel, and
 has authored and presented more than 70 technical papers and reports on
 various energy-related subjects.
 
     About AstroPower
     Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, AstroPower is the world's largest
 independent manufacturer of solar electric power products, and one of the
 world's fastest growing solar electric power companies.  AstroPower develops,
 manufactures, markets and sells PV solar cells, modules, panels and systems
 for generating solar electric power.  Solar electric power systems provide a
 clean, renewable source of electricity in both off-grid and on-grid
 applications.  In December 2000 AstroPower was added to the S&P SmallCap 600.
 In February 2001 AstroPower was ranked 39th on Business Week's Top 50 S&P
 Small Cap Company list for one and three-year performance.  For more
 information, please visit www.AstroPower.com.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made
 pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and
 uncertainties, as described in the Company's registration statements and
 periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  As a
 result, there can be no assurance that the Company's future results will not
 be materially different from those projected.  The projections contained
 herein speak only of the Company's expectations as of the date of this press
 release.  The Company hereby expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking
 to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect
 any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions
 or circumstances on which such statement is based.
 
 

SOURCE AstroPower, Inc.
    NEWARK, Del., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AstroPower, Inc. (Nasdaq:   APWR)
 announced today that Howard Wenger was elected Vice President, Premium Power
 Business.  Mr. Wenger has served as AstroPower's Director of On-Grid Business
 since 1998 and is known throughout the solar electric power industry as a
 pioneer in the distributed power generation business.
     Mr. Wenger led AstroPower's successful SunChoice(TM) program launch,
 making the industry's first fully-packaged Premium Power systems available to
 homes and businesses receiving traditional utility electric service.  With
 limited marketing, hundreds of systems have been sold to date in California
 and New York.  Most recently, Shea Homes San Diego, a top ten U.S. builder,
 signed an agreement with AstroPower to make SunChoice(TM) solar electric power
 a standard feature in its new home construction.  The Shea Homes partnership
 agreement, a milestone for AstroPower and the solar industry, marks the first
 time a national production builder will offer solar power as a standard
 feature on a large scale.
     Mr. Wenger is leading AstroPower's expanding initiatives in the Premium
 Power market.  Premium Power is power delivered with 99.9999% reliability,
 which translates to a maximum of 30 seconds of downtime per year.
 AstroPower's SunUPS(R) solar electric power systems are designed to exceed
 these "six nines of reliability," offering consumers an uninterruptible power
 supply designed for continuous power.  AstroPower's Premium Power systems
 automatically respond to utility power outages in 1/120 of a second.
     According to PV News the on-grid solar electric power market, estimated to
 be $1 billion in size last year, is the fastest-growing market segment,
 growing at more than 50% per year.  This on-grid solar electric power market
 is now greater than any other solar power market, including the industrial,
 rural, and consumer power segments.  Only five years ago, the on-grid market
 was the industry's smallest segment.  Demand for clean, independent power
 continues to grow rapidly as a result of residential and business electric
 bill increases and concerns about power reliability and the environment.
     "Howard is directly responsible for our rapid growth in the on-grid
 business," said Peter Aschenbrenner, Senior Vice President, Sales and
 Marketing of AstroPower.  "He organized the team that has enabled us to
 understand the market, build a network of authorized dealers, develop packaged
 products, and aggressively take them directly to the homeowner."
     Another notable AstroPower milestone achieved under Mr. Wenger's
 leadership is a $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water
 and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the nation, to supply over
 1.5 megawatts of solar electric power modules for the Los Angeles Convention
 Center and other municipal buildings around the city.  The LA convention
 center is the largest solar-powered building in North America to date.
     Mr. Wenger was also instrumental in the formation of GPU Solar, Inc., a
 joint venture of AstroPower and GPU International.  This partnership is
 dedicated to the construction of large scale, grid-connected solar power
 plants, principally to serve the regulated and deregulated wholesale
 electricity markets.  GPU Solar was responsible for California's first on-grid
 solar plant, built in 1999 exclusively as a result of customer choice.  This
 132-kW solar electric power plant is located in Hopland, CA.  GPU Solar's
 second facility, another 100-kW class distributed solar power plant, was
 dedicated in December 2000, in Berkeley, CA.  Mr. Wenger will continue to
 serve as AstroPower's primary liaison to, and Vice President of, GPU Solar.
     "Howard Wenger has provided a clear vision for the solar electric power
 industry's contribution to the world of distributed power," said Dr. Allen
 Barnett, President and CEO of AstroPower. "His expertise has helped to
 position AstroPower as an industry leader.  Howard will continue to lead the
 company's entry into new distributed power markets and new partnerships."
     Prior to joining AstroPower, Mr. Wenger co-founded Pacific Energy Group, a
 leading renewable energy consulting firm, which provided technical and
 economic analysis to electric utility, renewable energy, and government
 clients.  He was involved in seminal work on the valuation of renewable and
 distributed energy resources within electric utility grids at Pacific Gas &
 Electric Company from 1988 to 1992.  Mr. Wenger holds a Masters of Science
 degree from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, and has served
 as an Invited Research Scientist with the Ministry of Energy in Israel, and
 has authored and presented more than 70 technical papers and reports on
 various energy-related subjects.
 
     About AstroPower
     Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, AstroPower is the world's largest
 independent manufacturer of solar electric power products, and one of the
 world's fastest growing solar electric power companies.  AstroPower develops,
 manufactures, markets and sells PV solar cells, modules, panels and systems
 for generating solar electric power.  Solar electric power systems provide a
 clean, renewable source of electricity in both off-grid and on-grid
 applications.  In December 2000 AstroPower was added to the S&P SmallCap 600.
 In February 2001 AstroPower was ranked 39th on Business Week's Top 50 S&P
 Small Cap Company list for one and three-year performance.  For more
 information, please visit www.AstroPower.com.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made
 pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and
 uncertainties, as described in the Company's registration statements and
 periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  As a
 result, there can be no assurance that the Company's future results will not
 be materially different from those projected.  The projections contained
 herein speak only of the Company's expectations as of the date of this press
 release.  The Company hereby expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking
 to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect
 any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions
 or circumstances on which such statement is based.
 
 SOURCE  AstroPower, Inc.