Product News: Electrical Equipment & Systems

Solar Module offers built-in racking, grounding, and wiring.

Press Release Summary:

Jun 11, 2014 - Supplied with pre-installed jumper cable, plug-and-play DC Instant Connect®Module eliminates need to run homerun cable. As panels come together, junction box cables and jumper cable automatically connect. Splice rods provide both structural rigidity and electrical grounding path, eliminating need for copper grounding. In addition, built-in racking and Andalay groove enable panels to be attached directly to roof without rail system, which cuts installation time.

Original Press Release

Andalay Solar Expands Product Line with the DC Instant Connect® Module

Press release date: Jun 03, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., -- Andalay Solar, Inc. is expanding its product line and re-introducing the world's first fully integrated DC Instant Connect®Panel equipped with a unique plug-and-play feature.

Unlike ordinary solar panels, the revolutionary DC Instant Connect®Panel has built-in racking, grounding and wiring.  Each DC Instant Connect®Module comes with a pre-installed jumper cable, which eliminates the need to run a homerun cable and thereby eliminates costly wire management issues. As the panels come together, the junction box cables and jumper cable automatically connects. Just like the AC Instant Connect® panel that Andalay is currently selling,the splice rods provide both structural rigidity and an electrical grounding path, subsequently getting rid of the need for racking and copper grounding. Furthermore, the built-in racking and Andalay groove enable panels to be attached directly to the roof without a rail system which reduces installation time and creates a more aesthetically pleasing installation by enabling the solar system to be mounted more flush to the roof.

"We are very excited to be the only company to offer a rail-less DC Module with built-in wire management jumper cables. These enhancements increase performance and make our systems even more reliable and easy to install," said Steven Chan, CEO of Andalay Solar. "With more than 60% of the solar market using DC modules, Andalay Solar intends to re-establish its position in the market by expanding its product line to the DC module."

Most importantly, the DC Instant Connect®Module's plug-and-play feature makes economical sense. From a business standpoint, the integrated racking, wiring and grounding has been shown to cut up to 25% of the total costs necessary to design and install a solar power system. From a consumer perspective, the solar power system is expected to maximize the shortening payback period for a system. To get a free quote for the DC Instant Connect®Module, please visit

AboutAndalay Solar: (OTCQB:WEST)
Founded in 2001, the Company is a designer and manufacturer of integrated solar power systems. In 2007, the Company pioneered the concept of integrating the racking, wiring and grounding directly into the DC solar panel. This revolutionary solar panel, branded "Andalay", quickly won industry acclaim. In 2009, the Company again broke new ground with the first integrated AC solar panel, reducing the number of components for a rooftop solar installation by approximately 80 percent and lowering labor costs by approximately 50 percent. This AC panel, which won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, has become the industry's most widely installed AC solar panel. A new generation of products named "Instant Connect®" was introduced in 2012. In 2014, the Company brought back the fully integrated DC solar panels. Unlike ordinary DC solar panels, the "Instant Connect®" DC panels comes built-in wiring which means no dangling wires to damage over time.  Award-winning Andalay Solar DC or AC Powered Systems provide the best combination of safety, performance and reliability. For more information on the Company, visit

CONTACT: Steven Chan, Chief Executive Officer, (408) 402-9400,