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Press Release
October 22, 2010

Element Power Receives Permit for Largest Solar Facility in Oregon

Christmas Valley Solar Farm in Lake County will provide 12 megawatts of clean energy

Lake County, OR — Element Power US, LLC, a top-tier US renewable energy company headquartered in Portland, received a conditional use permit this week to build an approximately 12 megawatt solar photovoltaic facility on leased lands in the community of Christmas Valley in Lake County, Oregon.
The Lake County Planning Commission’s 5-1 vote on Tuesday night in favor of the project makes it the largest solar energy project ever permitted in the state – capable of producing enough clean energy to power more than 6,000 homes.
 
“Element Power is proud to develop Oregon’s largest solar farm and is excited to work with the Christmas Valley community to build this project,” said Nicole Hughes, Senior Project Manager for Element Power. “The construction jobs, tax revenue, and investment that the project will bring to the area are an important contribution to the Lake County area.”
 
Caro Johnson, Executive Director of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce added, “We welcome economic growth in Lake County, and are pleased that it is coming in the form of sustainable, clean energy projects.”
 
With an average of only nine inches of rain per year, Christmas Valley boasts the best solar resource in the Pacific Northwest. Element Power worked with nearby property owners to create a project that optimizes the excellent renewable energy potential of the area while minimizing any potential environmental impacts. The company chose a site over 11 miles from the community of Christmas Valley with existing infrastructure, including high voltage transmission lines and access roads, with the goal of minimizing impact and building a project with community support.
 
The facility will be an important contribution toward the Pacific Northwest’s Renewable Portfolio Standard programs, which directs utilities to meet a percentage of their retail electricity needs with qualified renewable resources.
 
Element Power is known throughout its industry for working with local stakeholders in designing facilities that meet the highest standard of environmental stewardship while avoiding pollution associated with traditional energy. Started in 2008, the company has quickly become a global leader in renewable energy, with operations in the US, Europe, and South America. In the United States alone, Element has over 6,000 MW of wind energy and 1,000 MW of solar energy under development.
 
“This project is an important part of our overall renewable energy project portfolio,” said Chris Taylor, Chief Development Officer of Element Power. “Our team has deep roots in Oregon and we are pleased to be part of the rapidly growing solar energy market here.
 
Element Power US, LLC develops, acquires, builds, and operates utility-scale solar and wind power projects, creating clean, renewable sources of energy to meet the increasing demand for green electricity and to address the pressing challenges of global warming and energy security. Element Power is owned by Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a leading global private equity firm dedicated solely to investing in renewable power, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency and storage. Learn more at www.elpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
Nat Parker, Element Power
503-919-0766
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