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AeroVironment Installs Wind Turbines on Roof of New Kettle Foods Potato Chip Factory


October 25 2007

AV's Architectural Wind System Helps Kettle's Wisconsin Plant Earn Prestigious LEED Gold Certification for Sustainable Design

MONROVIA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, has installed its Architectural Wind system on the roof of the new Beloit, Wis., manufacturing facility of Kettle Foods, a Salem, Ore.-based producer of all-natural potato chips and other snack foods. The Beloit installation includes 18 wind turbines.

AV's Architectural Wind system played a key role in Kettle Foods' receipt of the U.S. Green Building Council Gold level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The certification acknowledges the company's efforts to minimize the environmental footprint of its new 73,000-square-foot plant. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle was on-site to cut the ribbon when the potato chip factory opened in September.

"We're proud to receive this kind of recognition for our ongoing commitment to sustainable initiatives," said Tim Fallon, president of Kettle Foods North America. "The contribution of AeroVironment in helping us meet our ambitious green-building standards was most significant."

Small, modular and creating little or no structural impact, AV's Architectural Wind system is designed for quick and easy installation onto the parapet of a new or existing tilt-up or pre-cast building, allowing the turbines to take advantage of the building's unique aerodynamics. Assuming normal wind conditions, the 18 wind turbines on the Kettle Foods facility are projected to generate approximately 28,000 kilowatt hours of power each year - enough to produce 56,000 bags of potato chips, according to Fallon.

AV's sleek wind turbine recently won two prestigious honors of its own: the Red Dot International Design award (for design concept in the "green" category) and the 2007 Annual Design Review award (in the equipment category) from I.D., The International Design Magazine.

More information about the Architectural Wind system is available via email at or on the Web at

AV is a pioneer in advanced energy system technologies. Since 1977, it has maintained a continuous presence in wind power technology, conducting more than 250 sponsored projects and investing in, developing, owning and managing wind farms. AV's new building-integrated Architectural Wind is a small, modular wind-turbine system that provides an attractive clean-energy generating technology for use in both urban and suburban environments.

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About AeroVironment, Inc. (AV)
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company?s electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems extensively to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. Multiple government agencies have helped to fund the development and demonstration of Global Observer, a hybrid-electric, stratospheric UAS designed to provide affordable, persistent reconnaissance and communication over any location on the globe. Switchblade is a loitering munition designed to provide a rapid, lethal, pinpoint precision strike capability with minimal collateral damage. AeroVironment?s electric transportation solutions include a comprehensive suite of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, installation and data services for consumers, automakers, utilities and government agencies, power cycling and test systems for EV developers and industrial electric vehicle charging systems for commercial fleets.

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