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Ascent Solar Commences Initial Production from Its FAB 2 Production Plant

THORNTON, Colo., May 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a developer of state of the art flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that it has successfully begun initial production of monolithically integrated flexible CIGS modules from its high volume FAB 2 production plant in Thornton, Colorado.

Farhad Moghadam President and CEO of Ascent Solar stated, "Ascent Solar is the first company to commence regular production of monolithically integrated lightweight thin-film CIGS modules using a plastic substrate. This milestone marks the initiation of our regular production capability and our factory ramp up based on market demand. Initial production from FAB 2 is producing 10.5% efficient modules with peak module aperture efficiency as high as 11.9%, which gives Ascent a very competitive product across our target market opportunities."

Simultaneous with today's announcement the company issued a video virtual tour of its FAB 2 production plant. Please visit www.ascentsolar.com to take the tour.

About Ascent Solar Technologies:

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that can be more flexible and affordable than most traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into standard building materials, space applications, consumer electronics for portable power or configured as stand-alone modules for large scale terrestrial deployment. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton, Colorado. For more information, go to www.AscentSolar.com.

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SOURCE: Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.

For Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Brian Blackman, +1 720-872-5107 (Investor Relations)
bblackman@ascentsolar.com

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