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PV Powered Hires New VP of Engineering to Lead Customer-focused Product Development

Bend, ORE - June 6, 2007

Solar power equipment manufacturer PV Powered, Inc. announces the appointment of Dr. Steven G. Hummel to the position of Vice President of Engineering. Most recently, Dr. Hummel was Vice President of Advanced Technology at semiconductor equipment company, Nanometrics (Bend, OR), where he led innovation teams in Oregon, California, Texas and Taiwan. Now Dr. Hummel will contribute his product development process expertise and track record for delivering quality products on time to insuring that PV Powered stays on the leading edge of solar inverter technology.

Prior to Nanometrics, Hummel was Chief Technology Officer at Accent Optical Technologies (Bend, OR), Director of Engineering at Nova Crystals (San Jose, CA), and Principal Scientist at Agilent/Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto, CA). He began his career as a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ).

Dr. Steven HummellAuthor/co-author of more than 85 technical papers, with 11 patents filed or granted, Dr. Hummel has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Masters Degree in Engineering and Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University.

“Steve’s deep technical background in multiple high-tech industries and world-renowned research labs will be critical in helping us aggressively manage and grow our portfolio of intellectual property,” said Gregg Patterson, PV Powered President and CEO. “Steve also comes to us with strong experience working hands-on with customers, ensuring that new products create significant customer value and solve real business problems.”

As Dr. Hummel assumes day–to-day responsibility for managing PV Powered’s engineering effort, Bill Taylor, the company’s founder, will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer, focused on future product platforms and development of new technologies.

About PV Powered

Founded in 2003 and based in Bend, Oregon, the privately funded company designs, manufactures and markets the solar industry's most efficient photovoltaic solar inverter solutions. With thousands of its products in use nationwide, PV Powered brings together one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics.

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