SOURCE: EchoFirst Inc. (previously PVT Solar, Inc.)

EchoFirst Inc.  (previously PVT Solar, Inc.)

March 01, 2011 09:27 ET

PVT Solar Changes Name to EchoFirst™ Inc.

EchoFirst Inc. Names Silicon Valley Leader Surinder Brar, Accomplished Strategist and Channel Strategy Executive, to Company's Advisory Board

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Today EchoFirst™ Inc. (formerly PVT Solar) the creator of Echo®, a revolutionary new solar energy system that delivers twice the energy of a basic solar electric (PV) system, announced it has officially changed its name to EchoFirst Inc. The name change more accurately reflects the company's core business: the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution and deployment of its patented Echo solar system.

The company also announced the appointment of Surinder Brar, the chief strategist of the worldwide partner organization at Cisco Systems, to the company's Advisory Board. For more than a decade Surinder Brar has been a senior executive at Cisco, the world leader in networking technologies. Mr. Brar is responsible for understanding technology market transitions and developing Cisco's Go-To-Market partner strategy. For ten years he has owned the creation, development, governance, and operational management of Cisco's worldwide channel programs and policies, including all partner profitability initiatives. Mr. Brar's expertise and insights will stand EchoFirst in good stead as the company expands its partner network nationally.

"Echo is a revolutionary technology that is changing the game in solar energy. The company's focus on building out a strong channel that delivers value to end customers, and profitable growth to partners, is a winning strategy," said Mr. Brar.

"Surinder Brar is a powerful addition to our Advisory Board," said Vikas Desai, CEO of EchoFirst Inc. "His proven Silicon Valley experience and the industry perspectives he brings to building great companies, as well as his deep understanding of technology adoption, will prove invaluable to EchoFirst. We look forward to working closely with Surinder to grow EchoFirst into one of the most successful renewable energy technology companies in the U.S."

Surinder Brar holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He also attended the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University.

About EchoFirst Inc.
EchoFirst Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets the Echo solar system. Echo supplements conventional solar electric PV panels with a unique solar thermal technology that captures the heat from the PV panels. Echo generates not only electricity, but also hot water for washing and bathing, and thermal energy for home heating and home cooling. EchoFirst headquarters are in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit www.echofirst.com.

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