Southwest Solar Technologies Names New CEO

Southwest Solar Technologies announced the appointment of Bradley P. Forst as its new Chief Executive Officer. Forst brings over 35 years of experience as a CEO with an extensive background in technology commercialization, R&D, manufacturing, law and finance. He was formerly the president and CEO of Simula, Inc., a publicly traded AMEX company based in Phoenix, and president and CEO of Gradient Analytics Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona.

"I am excited to join Southwest Solar as the company transitions to the next level," said Forst. The Company’s R&D and engineering strength have created a sound foundation as we move to commercialization and promotion of our technology and product, he said.

Southwest Solar is the developer of an innovative utility-scale power system that combines the efficiency of dish concentrating thermal solar power with the reliability of a turbine. This approach can be hybridized for use with fuel to address the intermittency problems associated with standard solar and wind power products, said Forst.

We believe Brad’s experience is well matched to the strategic plan of the Company as we move forward," said Josh Rosen, Vice Chairman. ¿Our plans include building strategic U.S. and international relationships for product refinement, manufacturing, and project development, he said.

Forst has worked in a number of senior positions in business and law. As CEO he led Simula through a successful corporate turn-around and sale. At Gradient he led the company through a growth period and its first entry into international markets. He has served on four corporate Boards of Directors, including as Audit Committee Chairman of a NASDAQ company. Forst was formerly a securities attorney and partner in two Phoenix law firms. He teaches as an adjunct professor at both the W.P. Carey School of Business and the Sandra Day O¿Connor College of Law, at Arizona State University.

Southwest Solar Technologies, established in 2008, operates at the Southwest Solar Research Park in Phoenix. Its solar dish-turbine concept was initially launched under support by the U.S. Department of Energy. The product is designed to deliver a renewable energy solution where requirements are non-intermittent power, low water use, and scalability.