8minutenergy Renewables Teams with the Sierra Club and Imperial Valley Community Foundation on Fund to Protect the Burrowing Owl

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– Leading Solar Developer Works with Key Environmentalists and Local Groups in Imperial County to Promote Conservation –

8minutenergy's programs to support the environment and education illustrate how renewable energy companies can successfully develop projects and have a positive impact on local communities beyond creating jobs and contributing taxes

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, a leading independent solar PV developer based in California, today announced the creation of the Burrowing Owl Stewardship and Education Fund, which will help protect the habitat of the burrowing owl in the Imperial Valley, Calif. 8minutenergy worked with the Sierra Club and the Imperial Valley Community Foundation (IVCF) to establish the framework and goals of the fund.

The fund, to be administered by the IVCF, establishes a competitive grant and review process to provide financial support to organizations and individuals working to safeguard the burrowing owl in Imperial County. 8minutenergy invites other renewable energy companies operating in Imperial County to contribute to the fund to help protect the burrowing owl. In April, 8minutenergy publicly announced that it would create a fund for wildlife conservation and develop a renewable energy-related educational program in Imperial County.

"The creation of this fund, coupled with our recent launch of a solar vocational and internship program with the Calipatria School District, demonstrates that 8minutenergy follows through on the commitments it makes to the people of Imperial County,” said Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables. “This conservation stewardship fund goes well beyond the mitigation requirements of CEQA. It epitomizes 8minutenergy's philosophy of working closely with environmental and local groups to develop clean renewable solar energy while also mitigating biological impacts."

“8minutenergy's programs to support the environment and education illustrate how renewable energy companies can successfully develop projects and have a positive impact on local communities beyond creating jobs and contributing taxes,” said Martin Hermann, chief executive officer of 8minutenergy Renewables, which previously earned support for its 800 megawatt (800 MW-dc, 600MW-ac) Mount Signal Solar farm in Imperial County from leading environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, Audubon California, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We are grateful to the Sierra Club for their assistance in creating the fund, and to the IVCF for agreeing to manage it and champion the cause of conservation.”

"We applaud 8minutenergy for its efforts to protect the burrowing owl, which relies heavily on the Imperial Valley for much of its remaining habitat," said Bill Corcoran, Western Regional Campaign Director for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. "The way in which 8minutenergy seeks input from environmental groups regarding its solar projects should serve as a model for other renewable energy companies. We appreciate 8minutenergy's inclusive approach to developing solar energy.”

“We are excited to manage this fund, which will help bring the Imperial Valley's business and environmental communities together with citizens to support conservation in the region,” said Bobby Brock, President and CEO of the Imperial Valley Community Foundation.

8minutenergy has over 2,000 MW of solar PV power under development in California. All 8minutenergy solar projects are considered in-state resources and are located on disturbed, low-value farm land. 8minutenergy strives to ensure that its solar power projects provide low cost, clean renewable energy from the sun with low environmental impacts, particularly when compared with public lands projects on pristine desert wildlands.

About 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC
8minutenergy is a California-based company that is passionate about helping California develop its renewable energy industry and is developing more than 2,000 MW of solar PV projects all located on private, disturbed and low-value farm land within California. 8minutenergy’s development team is the largest focused on 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 transmission, land and economic analysis process and tools helps select optimal power plant sites for accelerated permitting with counties and utilities. 8minutenergy has offices in Folsom, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and El Centro, California. For more information, please call (916) 608-9060, send email to info@8minutenergy.com or visit http://www.8minutenergy.com.

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