ARISE Technologies Corporation announces receipt of Euro 2.3 million payment from Saechsische AufbauBank

    TSX Venture Exchange Symbol: APV

    DRESDEN, Germany, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - ARISE Technologies Corporation ("ARISE"
or the "Company") (TSX-V: APV) (ADAX: A3T) is pleased to announce that its
wholly-owned subsidiary ARISE Technologies Deutschland GmbH (ARISE Germany)
has received from the Saechsische AufbauBank (SAB) a further payment of Euro
2.3 million. Payments received to date equal Euro 4.3 million of the Euro 12.4
million incentive grant previously announced by the Company and payable over
the term of the Company's high efficiency photovoltaic cell manufacturing
plant construction project. ARISE Germany is also eligible to receive
refundable federal tax credits in connection with its funding of the project
in the amount of Euro 12.15 million over the term of the project resulting in
total German government incentive funding of Euro 24.55 million.
    The German government incentive funding combined with the previously
announced credit facilities with the Commerzbank AG and the previously
announced equity investment by ARISE is being used to construct and equip
ARISE Germany's Euro 50.0 million plant in Bischofswerda, Germany.

    About ARISE

    ARISE Technologies is dedicated to accelerating the use of solar energy
in mainstream markets. The Company's shares are listed on the TSX Venture
Exchange under the symbol APV and on the Frankfurt Open Market Exchange under
the symbol A3T. Additional information is available at and

    About SAB

    SAB is the central development agency of the Free State of Saxony,
Germany. Acting on behalf of the state, SAB allocates and distributes
development funding from a range of EU, national and regional support programs
to businesses, technology companies and investors, housing developers and
homeowners, as well as other social groups in Saxony. Funding takes the form
of grants, subsidies, loans and guarantees.

    Certain statements contained in this press release may be considered as
forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
estimated or implied results.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the
    contents of this news release.

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For further information:

For further information: ARISE Technologies Corporation, 65 Northland
Road, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2V 1Y8, Tel. (519) 725-2244, Fax: (519)
725-8907,; Ian MacLellan, President & CEO, (519) 725-2244
Ext. 5707,

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