Berkshire Hathaway Subsidiary Operations Veteran Appointed Executive Vice Chairman of IDS Solar Technologies

Provides Recognized Operational Excellence to Enhance Product and Cost CompetitivenessLAKE

ELSINORE, CA–(Marketwired – April 22, 2013) – IDS Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: IDST) announced today the appointment of Scott Plantinga effective April 16th to the position of executive vice chairman. His role will be to assist in the oversight of company operations with a focus on manufacturing, assembly and quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC).

As executive vice chairman, Mr. Plantinga, 54, will collaborate with chief executive officer Bruce Knoblich and senior management on formulation and implementation of IDS Solar Technologies’ commercialization strategy, product roadmap and manufacturing process.

Mr. Plantinga, a certified Six-Sigma manager, brings a 20-year record of achievement in operations and manufacturing, culminating in a senior position in Berkshire Hathaway-owned Nylok, a company servicing aerospace, electronics, industrial and automotive industries. Prior to Nylok, he held plant manager or general manager positions at Saturn Fasteners, Freedman Seating Co., US Plastic Lumber and KI (formerly Krueger International), where he consistently posted recognized improvements in product quality, reliability and profitability.

A certified manufacturing engineer, Mr. Plantinga received a BS from the School of Technology, Purdue University with an emphasis on Operations Management and Industrial Engineering.

“With the mission critical nature of our renewable electric generators and battery management and charge control electronics for vital power backup systems, maintaining a reputation for reliability is crucial to market success for our products,” stated Mr. Knoblich. “Scott’s achievements in advanced manufacturing process speak for themselves and we are already seeing the results of his work in the form of cost improvement and enhanced QA/QC.”

About IDS Solar Technologies, Inc.

IDS Solar Technologies is a GIIRS-rated developer, designer, manufacturer and seller of portable solar power generators for use by consumers, industry, government, and emergency management relief worldwide. Advantages of solar-based over fossil-fuel portable power include lower operational cost, superior reliability, greater sustainability, and expanded utility due to zero exhaust, a smaller footprint and quiet operation. The company is also developing a line of specialized battery management and control electronics for lithium iron phosphate batteries.

Forward-looking & Safe Harbor Statement

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Patrick Gaynes
Growth Capital Partners
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