Andalay solar, a subisidiary of AKeena solar has recently partnered with Westinghouse and is preparing for a big push into the residential markets.
Akeena is a large installer of PV systems in California and in 2007 they partnered with Enphase to design a module with a prewired inverter attached. They then took the Enphase inverter and the module and ran it through the UL testing. The resulting product is UL listed and produced AC power directly from the panel. What they have done is basically combined two steps in the process (therefore simplifying the installation process).
They have been having pretty good success and have actually started selling some of their panels at Lowes and Home Depot.
This latest announcement by Andalay that they will be changing and using the name of Westinhouse is a marketing move to try to capture large market share. They already have an innovative, game changing product, and now they will be recognized as one of the oldest and respected names in appliances and electricity.
We are excited to see how this partnership will play itself out. This product in the mainstream does have the ability to radically simplify solar installations and begin to drive down the price.
At SimpleEnergyWorks we are Andalay dealers (we can install/sell) and will soon be selling Westinghouse (they officially change their name over this summer).