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Ascent Solar Enters into a Joint Development Agreement with GlobalWatt, Inc.

THORNTON, Colo., Oct 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a developer of flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that it has partnered with GlobalWatt, Inc., a specialty solar applications company, to develop a new line of adaptable, retractable solar modules to quickly add an extra source of power to existing solar applications.

The integration of an additional power unit without the weight and rigidity of a standard crystalline solar module will change the dynamics of existing and new specialty solar applications. In today's world, DC based applications such as solar powered generators, water purifiers, and refrigeration systems are limited by how quickly the batteries can be recharged. In times of heavy usage or workload, these new solar modules will allow for faster charging and longer usage time, both without the need to add heavy solar modules.

"We initially plan to integrate Ascent's cutting edge technology to our next generation of mobile solar generators and then introduce it across the board. We believe that quick, expandable power using Ascent's CIGS modules will be synergistic to current crystalline technology as it can be a `stow and go' type power source," said Dave Slivinski, VP of sales and marketing at GlobalWatt.

Robert Meck, VP of Product Application Development at Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., stated: "The integration of Ascent's high power density, low specific weight modules into GlobalWatt's portable portfolio will enable an immediate increase in available deployable power generation without an increase in system weight. The flexibility and durability of Ascent CIGS modules are the perfect solution for lightweight, storable, portable power systems."

About GlobalWatt:

GlobalWatt is a vertically integrated manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar modules that are used in a variety of market segments such as grid-connected, off-grid and specialty applications. The company's focus is to develop and engineer cutting edge, solar powered products designed for use in the military, disaster relief, emergency response, the recreational industry and conventional off-grid scenarios. GlobalWatt is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with its main operations facility located in Saginaw, MI. For more information, please visit www.globalwatt.com.

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, commercial transportation, automotive solutions, space applications, consumer electronics for portable power or configured as stand-alone modules for large scale terrestrial deployment. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton, Colo. Additional information can be found at 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
or
For GlobalWatt, Inc.
Dave Slivinski, 989-607-9287

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