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  • Corporate

SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2018) : Effective today, more than 20 international subsidiaries of EDF Energies Nouvelles will operate under the brand EDF Renewables.  In North America specifically, EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Renewable Services, EDF EN Canada, EDF EN Mexico and groSolar will transition to the new visual identity in their respective geographic and business areas of expertise.  The decision to unify under a consistent mark worldwide supports the international expansion of renewable energies by the EDF Group and reinforces a common commitment to clean power across all entities.

EDF Renewables North America is building on its core areas of expertise in utility-scale development, distributed energy, and services by organizing the business around three primary lines: Grid-Scale Power, Distributed Solutions, and Asset Optimization.

Grid-Scale Power focuses on origination, development, construction, and financing of onshore and offshore wind, solar photovoltaic, and energy storage projects.  Ryan Pfaff, EVP of Development commented, “Since 2002, EDF Renewables has brought more than 10 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage projects to market across North America.  The Grid-Scale Power team leverages this diverse experience, along with a robust pipeline to provide clients with customized solutions that address their renewable energy challenges and add value to their operations.”

Distributed Solutions represents the Company’s expanded service offerings in solar, solar+storage, EV charging stations, and energy management systems.  The business line merges the groSolar subsidiary, acquired in 2016, with the Distributed Electricity and Storage group to strengthen both offerings and shared expertise.  Jamie Resor, CEO Distributed Solutions stated, “In the coming months, the Distributed Solutions team will be energizing distributed solar projects in multiple states from California to Massachusetts.  Our fully integrated renewables platform provides clients with local and innovative solutions that reduce energy costs and deliver green power, on both sides of the meter.”  Distributed Solutions has developed and/or constructed more than 350 MW of projects across the US and Canada over the past two decades.

Asset Optimization aligns Operations & Maintenance with Asset Management to leverage technical skills and operational expertise, with commercial and financial experience, in order to deliver the best value to asset owners.  Larry Barr, EVP of Operations & Maintenance added, “Closer collaboration between O&M and Asset Management will allow us to collectively extract additional value from our generating assets through development of service solutions.  Once proven, these solutions to maximize productivity can then be quickly deployed to third-party customers. The new structure will enhance our unique advantage as an owner-operator to bring an owner’s perspective to external customers.”

To learn more about EDFR’s operating units, visit www.edf-re.com.

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  • Operations & Maintenance

SAN DIEGO, (December 12, 2017) – EDF Renewables (EDF Renewables) announced today that it has begun full operations and maintenance services for Chile’s second largest solar park – the 146 megawatt peak (MWp) Bolero Solar PV plant located in the Atacama Desert in the region of Antofagasta which has the highest level of irradiation in the world.

“We are excited to announce this expansion of O&M business into South America,” said Dalen Copeland, Vice President of Business Development for EDF Renewables. “We are confident our extensive experience and resources, operating 13 gigawatts (GW) worldwide alongside the EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, will ensure the long-term performance of this project.”

The Bolero facility, jointly owned by EDF EN Chile and Marubeni, sells the energy produced onto the Chilean spot market. The plant incorporates a single axis tracking system by Exosun and NEXTracker with the solar panels sourced from Jinko and Canadian Solar Inc.

EDF Renewables has been present in Chile since 2015, offering full O&M Services, such as pre-COD services & commissioning support, and backup services contracts to over 100 MW of additional projects. The Company provided pre-COD services to the Bolero Project and as of November 2017, have taken on full O&M services with six onsite staff.

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  • Storage

SAN DIEGO (December 5, 2017) – EDF Renewables (EDF RE) today announced they were awarded a contract to provide Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) (NYSE: PGE) with 40 megawatt hours (MWh) of battery storage capacity.  Under the contract, EDF RE will build, own and operate a portfolio of behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage projects for commercial and industrial customers within the PG&E service territory.

The contract will allow EDF RE to assist selected PG&E customers to lower their utility bills by reducing demand charges, maximizing consumption during off-peak hours, and collecting revenue from wholesale market participation. Each project will optimize the host customer’s energy usage and operating costs by utilizing EDF’s proprietary PEGASE Energy Management System (EMS) to strategically operate the batteries.

Martin Wyspianski, PG&E Senior Director for Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy, is pleased with the progress PG&E has made toward meeting California’s renewable energy and storage goals. He remarked, “As our clean energy portfolio grows, so does the importance of storage technology. These contracts and the storage capacity they represent will help us better integrate our growing renewable generation sources, and bring increased reliability to the grid.  They are an important milestone in our progress toward a clean energy future.”

Raphael Declercq, Vice President of Portfolio Strategy at EDF RE commented, “We are thrilled to be the sole awardee in the behind-the-meter category.  This contract will enable EDF RE to demonstrate its capabilities in the California storage market.  The depth of resources and experience within the EDF Group positions us well to meet our customer’s expectations.  Worldwide, EDF has installed 824 MWh of battery storage; this experience will benefit both PG&E and the host customers we have started to sign up.”

As utilities across North America consider how to meet future electricity demands by providing highly reliable energy at the lowest cost to the ratepayer, distributed generation and storage solutions are becoming an economical and attractive approach.  Battery storage, in particular, is playing a progressively important role for California as investor-owned utilities work to achieve the state’s ambitious goal to procure 1,325 MW of storage by 2020.

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SAN DIEGO and PRINCETON, N.J. (April 4, 2018) – As a direct response to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s goal to promote the development of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by signing Executive Order #8 in January 2018, EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), a subsidiary of the EDF EN Group, who has been preparing for the New Jersey market to open up since 2010, launched an initiative to address this goal. Based on a survey of the market, the first step is to sponsor a near-term project, which will enable New Jersey to gain a leadership position in the offshore wind industry.  Accordingly, EDF RE has entered into a preliminary agreement with Fishermen’s Energy to acquire their fully developed 24-megawatt (MW) Project sited off the coast of Atlantic City.

“EDF RE is excited by the Governor’s ambitious plans to be a leader in the offshore wind space and we are eager to work with Fishermen’s Energy to provide an immediate opportunity for New Jersey to gain the benefit of local investment, jobs, infrastructure, and experience,“ commented Doug Copeland, EDF Renewable Energy’s Regional Project Development Manager. “The U.S. offshore wind industry is poised for tremendous growth and we believe an early stage project will help New Jersey develop the infrastructure to support this rapidly growing industry.”

The project will generate skilled offshore wind construction and operations jobs, positioning New Jersey’s workforce to build gigawatts of wind projects off New Jersey’s coast and up-and-down the Atlantic coast.  These workers will be the first wave of the nearly 40,000 jobs1 that are expected to be created in the U.S., building the 8 GW of offshore wind that’s currently in the project pipeline.

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger supports the project stating, “As one of the only major ports in New Jersey able to facilitate the large volume of shipping and construction activities under the Governor’s ambitious offshore wind power plan, we are a proponent of the immediate opportunity to evaluate our facility and labor force in order to identify and upgrade infrastructure and workforce training. This will allow the Port of Paulsboro to take advantage of the subsequent waves of large-scale offshore development in the region.”

EDF RE brings strategic procurement capabilities throughout the entire supply chain.  The Company will leverage its procurement team, having supply agreements in place for more than 9 GW of onshore wind in North America throughout the past decade, precise skill and long-term relationships with suppliers to source cost of energy leading technologies.

Kirk Meche, President and CEO of Gulf Island Fabrication Inc., a worldwide leader in project management, construction, and servicing of offshore facilities within the energy sector, commented, “This Atlantic City project is needed to establish New Jersey’s foothold in this new industry.  The project can become a model for combining the Gulf Coast’s offshore fabrication experience with New Jersey’s labor, contractors and port infrastructure.”

The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is pleased to support the Fishermen’s Energy wind project off the coast of Atlantic City saying, “A project like this one will create new jobs and hundreds of thousands of manhours for our dock builders, divers, welders and millwrights. That’s money that goes directly into the pockets of thousands of hardworking men and women in New Jersey and will be spent in Southern New Jersey communities helping to boost local economies.”

“New Jersey is well positioned to become one of the first states to capture the energy and job-creating potential of U.S. offshore wind,” said Nancy Sopko, Director, Offshore Wind, American Wind Energy Association. “The state will greatly benefit from growing the offshore wind industry, and EDF Renewable Energy’s proven wind development track record makes it a strong partner as the state begins to harness this new ocean energy resource.”

EDF RE anticipates the project will further serve to improve environmental management by providing a laboratory for testing of new avian monitoring and marine mammal sensing technologies.  This unique and valuable opportunity will ultimately inform cost reduction for future projects.

Hanson Wood, EDF Renewable Energy’s Director of Special Projects, adds, “EDF RE looks forward to applying our innovation and investment to help Governor Murphy progress the promising New Jersey offshore wind sector that will ultimately provide much needed reliability and relief to the regional grid.  Our extensive experience with projects in the UK, Belgium and France, will enable us to promptly contribute to the offshore industry of New Jersey and deploy capital investment to bring this first project online by 2020.”

1 BVG Associates, LTD. (2017). U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind A Report for the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind(Report No. 17-22). Retrieved from Northeast Wind Center website: www.northeastwindcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/US-job-creation-in-offshore-wind.pdf

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  • Solar

APEX, Nev. December 11, 2017 —Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, were formally recognized today as fully commissioned and in commercial operation at a celebration attended by government officials, project owners and the energy offtaker.

U.S. Senator Harry Reid, U.S Bureau of Land Management Nevada Director, John Ruhs, Clark County Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak, Nevada State Energy Office Director Angela Dykema and other federal, state and local leaders joined executives from Switch, EDF Renewables, NV Energy, J.P. Morgan and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) to ceremonially “throw the switch” marking the delivery of solar power to Switch data centers in Las Vegas and Reno. The Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 projects are helping Switch meet its commitment to power its facilities with 100 percent clean energy.

Power generated by the plants, owned by EDF Renewables (EDF RE), will be provided to Switch through Power Purchase Agreements with subsidiaries of NV Energy, Inc. (Nevada Power Company
d/b/a NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy).

“Less than a decade ago, Nevada’s solar energy landscape was nonexistent, but this commissioning helps fulfill the vision I had to make our state the leader in renewable energy development,” said U.S. Senator Harry Reid. “A technology giant like Switch committing to using 100% renewable energy is truly visionary and grows our clean energy economy by creating hundreds of good-paying labor construction jobs here.”

“Technology is revolutionizing the way renewable, clean energy is produced, delivered and consumed and we are proud to be leaders in driving that change,” said Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy Adam Kramer. “Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 reflect our company’s bedrock value of ensuring the data that runs our planet does not ruin our planet by building new, local, renewable energy resources.”

Located in Clark County, Nevada the Switch Station solar projects are the first-ever utility-scale solar power plants to be built in one of the Bureau of Land Management’s Solar Energy Zones. First Solar, the nation’s largest developer of utility-scale solar projects, acquired the land to construct the facility through a lease auction in 2014. EDF Renewables, a leading U.S. independent power producer, acquired the Switch Station projects from First Solar to complement its existing portfolio of renewable energy projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“I am proud to participate in the dedication of Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar projects. This is another great example of the Federal Government and private industry collaborating on improving our nation’s energy independence and infrastructure under the auspices of multiple use of our shared public lands,” said John Ruhs, BLM Nevada State Director.

“The project represents another clear demonstration of EDF RE’s ambition in the solar business and also our first opportunity in Nevada, a state with world-class solar resources,” said Cliff Graham, Vice President, U.S. Development for EDF Renewables. “EDF RE is positioned to invest $3 billion between now and 2020 in renewable projects across the country; we anticipate to deliver on our projection and bring more jobs, tax dollars and investment to Nevada.”

“Between 2005 and 2015, Nevada tripled its in-state renewable energy production and reduced carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 44 percent,” said Dave Ulozas, NV Energy Senior Vice President of Renewable Resources. “These two important Switch Station projects are two of 16 solar resources that are currently meeting the needs of our customers and companies here in Nevada, and NV Energy has more planned for the future.”

Following an expedited permitting process, construction of the project took approximately 12 months, creating about 550,000 workhours, and had a total construction workforce of 1,300. Combined, the power plants cover about 1,797 acres and are comprised of 1,980,840 solar panels, the equivalent of 275 football fields, and 5,450,056 feet of cable, equaling 1,032 miles or the distance from Las Vegas to Seattle. The 179 MW of power generates enough clean solar energy to meet the consumption of 46,000 homes, displacing approximately 265,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, equal to taking about 52,000 cars off the road.

“The Switch Station solar projects are a great example of how our commitment to renewable energy has helped to stimulate economic growth in the County. The solar projects created hundreds of construction jobs and economic benefits, and the use of our abundant natural resources are fueling long-term, high-tech job creation centers such as Switch,” said Steve Sisolak, Chairman of the Clark County Commission.

“This project confirms that solar energy is now available and priced competitively with other energy sources that rely on carbon-based fuels,” said Kathryn Arbeit, Vice President of Project Development Americas for First Solar. “Our photovoltaic technology is setting the standard for affordable, clean, renewable energy. By continuously innovating, we are driving down the cost of solar electricity and providing a solution that addresses energy security and water scarcity. We are thrilled to continue working with our partners to deliver on our joint commitment to build a more sustainable energy future.”

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  • Solar

Construction Complete at 2.0 Megawatt (AC) Solar Farm for Mohawk Valley Community College

White River Jct., VT, and Columbia, MD – October 31, 2017 – groSolar – An EDF Renewable Energy Company, is pleased to announce the completion of the Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) Solar project. “We are excited about this new venture that is good for our environment, good for our bottom line, and through this partnership, it will benefit our students as well,” said Dr. Randy VanWagoner, MVCC College President.

The MVCC Solar Project is another successful application of a net-metered project supported by a grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Electricity generated by the project will directly offset MVCC electricity costs.

The project is expected to generate approximately 3,450,000 kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy in its first full year of operations or enough electricity to power nearly 300 homes and offset more than 2,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide produced by more traditional energy generation sources.

“groSolar is proud to support MVCC’s environmental leadership with this solar energy project. Educational facilities across the country are turning to renewable energy technology and we’re glad to see another successful application with MVCC,” said Timothy Heinle, groSolar Vice President.

The project was made possible thanks to collaboration among groSolar, MVCC, the Rome Industries Development Corporation (RIDC), and funding through Governor Cuomo’s NY-SUN initiative which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York.

“Congratulations to Mohawk Valley Community College for supporting renewable energy projects that improve the environment for the benefit of everyone in the community,” Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said. “Projects like this demonstrate that solar is a clean, affordable energy choice for communities across New York who are advancing Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.”

On Wednesday, November 1st, MVCC and groSolar will welcome project stakeholders and community members to celebrate the completion of construction.

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