ARISE Technologies Completes First Closing of $12.5 Million Offering

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WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - ARISE Technologies Corporation (TSX: APV and Frankfurt: A3T), a leader in high-performance, high-quality, cost-effective solar technology, today announced the first closing of its previously announced brokered offering (the "Offering") for aggregate gross proceeds of $12,400,000.  The Offering consisted of the sale of 65,222,996 Units at a per Unit price of $0.19 per Unit.  Each Unit consists of one common share and one common share purchase warrant. Each share purchase warrant is exercisable into one common share at an exercise price of $0.21 and will expire on the second anniversary date of the closing date of the Offering unless such date is accelerated in accordance with the terms of the share purchase warrants.  The expiry date of the share purchase warrants may be accelerated if the closing trading price of the common shares exceeds $0.60 for twenty consecutive trading days.  NCP Northland Capital Partners Inc. and Raymond James Ltd. acted as co-lead agents for the Offering.  The Company and the co-lead agents expect to complete a second closing in respect of approximately $110,000 on or before December 23, 2010.

The proceeds of the Offering will be used (i) to substantially fund the purchase of the equipment for a third production line at ARISE's PV Cell production facility in Germany; (ii) to repay the outstanding bridge loan of US$1,750,000; and (iii) for general corporate purposes.

ARISE has applied to list the share purchase warrants on the TSX.  Such listing is conditional on ARISE meeting certain conditions which it believes will be met shortly.

About ARISE Technologies
ARISE Technologies Corporation, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is a leader in high-performance, high-quality, cost-effective solar technology.  The company operates through three divisions.  The PV Cell Division manufactures PV (photovoltaic) cells at its first manufacturing plant opened in April 2008 in Bischofswerda, Germany.  The division is developing proprietary technology with a target of achieving a step-by-step progression to a high-efficiency level of greater than 20%.  The PV Silicon Division is using a proprietary method to produce silicon at 7N+ high-purity (99.99999% purity) for PV cell applications, based on a simplified chemical vapor deposition process.  The division is focusing on scaling up its process to provide ARISE with control over its supply, costs, and quality.  The PV Systems Division has been providing PV solutions for solar farms and rooftop installations since 1996 throughout North America. ARISE is planning to expand its systems business in Ontario under the Ontario FIT (Feed-In Tariff) program. 

The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol APV and on the Frankfurt Open Market Exchange under the symbol A3T.  Additional information is available at www.arisetech.com and www.sedar.com.   

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
Certain statements in this news release may be considered to be forward-looking.  Such statements are based on management's current expectations, estimations, and assumptions based on experience, trends, and other factors that are subject to the significant risks and uncertainties described in our regulatory filings.  Please refer to these.  Such risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic conditions, changing foreign exchange rates, actions by government authorities, the requirement for additional capital, risks associated with manufacturing, industry supply levels, competitive pricing pressures and misjudgements in the course of preparing forward-looking statements. 

Risk factors relating to ARISE are discussed in the Risk Factors section of ARISE's Annual Information Form and under the headings Liquidity and Capital Resources and Risk and Uncertainties in ARISE's year-end Management's Discussion and Analysis which are or will be available at www.sedar.com.  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on ARISE's forward-looking statements.

ARISE assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.

SOURCE ARISE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION

For further information: For further information:

ARISE Technologies Corporation
65 Northland Road, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2V 1Y8
Doug McCollam, Chief Financial Officer, (519) 772-5706
www.arisetech.com

Investor Relations:
Glen Williams
The Equicom Group
(416) 815-0700 x272

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