Wright-Hennepin CEO Mark Vogt named to Board of Directors of leading edge renewable energy company

Minnesota-headquartered company to increase commercial deployment, market penetration of its OnDemand energy storage system.

Posted on December 27, 2010

Rockford, MN (December 27, 2010) — Silent Power, Inc., the leading distributed energy storage systems company, announced today the sale of approximately $2 million of the company’s Series A preferred stock.

This round of financing will support the commercial deployment of Silent Power’s OnDemand energy storage systems and expand its distribution into new markets. Silent Power specializes in providing turn-key storage solutions for the challenges presented by integrating renewable energy and electric vehicle charging systems into utilities’ distribution systems and on customer premises.

The financing includes support from Hunt Technologies’ founder Paul Hunt, Wright-Hennepin Holding Company LLC, a subsidiary of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) of Rockford, and strong ongoing support from existing investors.

“As a customer and distribution partner, we think Silent Power has put together a great and flexible solution for an application that’s poised for significant growth,” said Mark Vogt of Annandale, President and CEO of WH. “Intelligent, distributed energy storage is a critical and scalable asset class that will help our industry manage the increasing penetration of renewable energy, as well as improve the quality and reliability of power we provide our customers. Locally, we believe Silent Power’s products will provide WH’s members with superior options as they consider renewable energy investments for their homes and businesses.”

England & Company served as exclusive financial advisor to Silent Power in this transaction.

Silent Power also recently elected Vogt as the newest member of its board of directors.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark Vogt to the board,” said Todd Headlee, CEO of Silent Power. “His expertise and industry insight will be essential as we expand our presence in the cooperatively owned utility markets around the nation and commercialize our energy storage technologies. We are honored to have the support of customers, fellow smart-grid innovators, and others involved in the financing. Our energy storage solutions are proven technologies that can help utilities rely on cleaner sources of energy and help homeowners seamlessly integrate renewable energy into their lives.”

Thomas Mach of Maple Grove, Chairman of WH Holding LLC., said Silent Power’s leadership and cutting-edge technology interests WH’s membership. “They want WH to be part of the solution in the transition to renewable energy in the U.S.,” Mach said.“Our involvement with Silent Power allows us to take a front seat role.”

Based in Baxter, Minn., Silent Power, Inc. manufactures and markets easy-to-install, highly reliable distributed energy storage systems for the renewable energy and backup power markets. The company has developed dispatchable storage solutions for grid-tied solar and electric vehicle charging applications, and its solutions are easily adaptable to any battery chemistry and utility advanced metering infrastructure or distribution automation communications platform. The company has previously announced a smart grid pilot project with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. For more information, please visit www.silentpwr.com.

WH is a member-owned non-profit electric utility that provides electric power to Wright County and the western part of Hennepin County. The cooperative has been a corporate citizen in this area since 1937 and currently serves more than 46,000 electric accounts. The utility started its security division in 1989 that provides local home security solutions as well as monitors alarm systems for more than 50,000 customers in 32 states and three Canadian provinces.