Small Wind Company Prepares for Continued Growth of Windspire® Wind Turbines

December 1, 2009
RENO, Nevada

Mariah Power, a small-wind company and developer of the Windspire wind turbine, today announced the appointment of Walt Borland as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Borland succeeds Mike Hess, who will assume the newly created role of Executive Advisor.

Borland is the former President and CEO of Advanced Data Exchange (ADX), a leading provider of supply chain integration services. Borland is also the executive director and founder of the Clean Energy Foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada.

Borland is tasked with continuing the path set forth by Hess to create a market for small wind appliances that will allow more homeowners and businesses to participate in the localized generation of clean energy.

Under Hess's guidance, Mariah Power became the fastest growing vertical axis wind turbine company in the world. His vision for a different type of turbine that could overcome previous market barriers of noise, aesthetic, and cost, resulted in rapid adoption of the Windspire. In his new role, Hess will continue to provide guidance to Mariah Power and insight into the explosive small wind market.

In the last year, Mariah Power completed the development and certification of the Windspire wind turbine, closed Series B funding, opened a volume manufacturing facility, and was named a TiECON Top 50 Award winner.

"Mike created a compelling vision for the company and for the Windspire," said Giacomo Marini, Chairman of the Board of Mariah Power and Managing Director of Noventi Ventures. "We are pleased to have Walt join us as we continue moving forward on the path to long-term success."

"It is a privilege to join the Mariah Power team as the company continues its rapid expansion," said Borland. "This is an exciting time to be in clean energy, and thanks to Mike's much appreciated efforts, we have a terrific product to market around the globe. I am personally looking forward to working closely with our customers, resellers, business partners and investors in the course of building a significant company."

The Windspire wind turbine is a 30-foot tall, propeller-free, vertical-axis wind turbine designed to harness wind power in urban, suburban and rural locations. The Windspire is the lowest priced renewable energy product in the 1 kilowatt range and is eligible for a 30% federal tax credit and many local rebates. Homeowners, businesses, schools and museums across the US have installed Windspires to save on energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment.

About Mariah Power

Based in Reno, Nevada, Mariah Power provides low-cost, low-noise, attractive wind power appliances for use with residential, business, and commercial buildings. The company's patented technology maximizes energy conversion from wind into electric power, regardless of changing wind speed and direction. The company's vertical axis Windspire® wind turbine is manufactured in the U.S. and is now available for shipment. For more information, visit

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