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Solar PV Developer 8minutenergy Renewables Joins Brawley Chamber of Commerce

- Largest Independent Pre-Construction Utility-scale Solar PV Power Developer in the United States Shows Support for Imperial Valley's Businesses -

Folsom, CA & Los Angeles, CA - June 9, 2011 - 8minutenergy Renewables - which holds the second largest solar PV portfolio in California and in the United States - today announced it has joined the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.  8minutenergy is committed to building a local solar power export industry that will bring jobs to the Imperial Valley.  8minutenergy is currently developing 12 utility-scale solar PV power plants, ranging between 50MW and 200MW, in the Imperial Valley.  Five projects - representing 355 MW of power - have completed the utility study process. 

"Solar development is an important element in economic rejuvenation in Brawley and the Imperial Valley," said Victor Nava, President, Brawley Chamber of Commerce.  "We appreciate 8minutenergy's support for Brawley, and look forward to working with 8minutenergy as it builds a solar export industry in our region."

The first of 8minutenergy's projects is the Chocolate Mountains Solar Farm, a 50 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar PV farm that will generate enough clean, safe, reliable electricity to power over 25,000 households.  This state-of-the-art solar PV power plant is located on 320 acres in the foothills of the Chocolate Mountains, near the Salton Sea.  Chocolate Mountains Solar Farm is the first utility-scale PV project in Imperial County with land use entitlement and the utility study process completed.  It is targeted to be operational in 2012. 

"We support the Brawley Chamber of Commerce because we share its vision of helping businesses like ours bring much needed jobs to the area," said Martin Hermann, CEO of 8minutenergy.  "8minutenergy is proud to be in the vanguard of making solar PV the cornerstone of the region's renewable energy export industry."

8minutenergy has assembled one of the largest preconstruction development teams focused exclusively on utility-scale solar PV projects in California, with 50 people working on its portfolio, including over 20 in-house.  The company plans to continue to hire in 2011 - including in the Imperial Valley - to ramp up to fast track its renewable energy projects to interconnect with California's power grid.  All 8minutenergy projects are considered in-state resources and are located on disturbed, low-productivity and irrigated farmland.    

8minutenergy's proprietary process covers the entire spectrum of preconstruction development for utility-scale solar PV projects -- from power grid analysis, land site selection and development, to selecting technologies for engineering.  This unique process identifies optimal sites and validates them for economic viability and permitting.  By communicating with all concerned parties throughout the process, 8minutenergy minimizes potential obstacles.

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC

8minutenergy is a California-based company that is passionate about helping California develop its renewable energy industry.  8minutenergy's preconstruction development team is the largest focused on utility-scale solar PV in California and the United States.  In concert with our partners, 8minutenergy delivers complete solar power plant solutions, including all aspects of development, financing, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance.  8minutenergy's proprietary land and economic analysis process helps select optimal power plant sites for accelerated permitting with counties and utilities.  This process includes dynamic modeling to locate properties that can feed the grid at desired capacity without compromising grid reliability.  8minutenergy has offices in Folsom, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Our headquarters are located at 111 Woodmere Road, Suite 190, Folsom, California, 95630.  For more information, please call (916) 608-9060, send email to info@8minutenergy.com or visit www.8minutenergy.com.