By Karl-Erik Stromsta in London
Friday, October 04 2013
Updated: Friday, October 04 2013
Walmart will sell Ascent’s EnerPlex range of products, which includes solar-powered rechargers for mobile phones and other electronics, representing a “huge advantage for the growth of the EnerPlex brand”, says Ascent chief executive Victor Lee.
The announcement sent shares of Ascent up more than 22% to $1.04 on 3 October, putting it back into compliance with the Nasdaq’s minimum share price requirement of $1.
The Walmart deal is the latest in a string of recent announcements signaling newfound momentum at the Colorado-based company, whose products are based on copper, indium, selenide, gallium (CIGS) thin-film technology.
In 2011, as the falling cost of crystalline silicon PV modules began seriously damaging the prospects for CIGS and other thin-film technologies, Ascent announced a major strategic shift, pivoting away from the building-integrated PV space to focus on more specialist off-grid markets.
The company subsequently saw TFG Radiant, a consortium of Chinese and Singaporean investors, become its largest shareholder.
This summer Ascent announced plans to build a huge factory in China in partnership with the Suqian municipal authority, and it recently hired a new chief financial officer.
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