* Says installation services across 21 stores in California
* Says services for customers buying its solar panels
* Akeena shares up 18 pct
March 17 Solar power systems maker Akeena Solar
Inc AKNS.O said it will provide installation services for
customers buying its all-in-one solar panels from retailer
Lowe's Cos Inc's (LOW.N) 21 stores in California.
Shares of Akeena rose 18 percent to $1.23 Wednesday on
The news comes a few months after the company started
selling its Andalay solar panels at 21 Lowe's stores in
Akeena had said it hoped to break even by selling panels at
retail stores and to installers outside its home state of
California, in addition to its traditional installation
business. The move puts the company in competition with the
likes of SunPower Corp SPWRA.O in selling panels.
(Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury in Bangalore; Editing by Maju