8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar Receive Approval for 275 Megawatts of Solar PV Power from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors

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Three Solar PV Projects in Imperial Valley, Calif., Granted Conditional Use Permits (CUP) After Completion of Rigorous Environmental Study.

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, a leading independent solar PV developer based in California, today announced that the Imperial County Board of Supervisors has approved Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for three of its utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 275 Megawatts (MW) in the Imperial Valley, Calif., under development with its partner, Gestamp Solar. The unanimous vote of the Board endorses the further development of clean renewable solar PV power at the Calipatria Solar Farm I (70MW), Midway Solar Farm I (50MW) and the Midway Solar Farm II (155MW).

Prior to receiving the Board’s approval, all three of 8minutenergy and Gestamp Solar’s solar plants successfully concluded the industry’s most comprehensive environmental study, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Midway Solar Farm I and II, and Calipatria Solar Farm I, are large, utility-scale solar generation facilities sited on approximately 1,700 total acres of low-productivity farmland in the Imperial Valley. The projects are already in the advanced stages of engineering development.

Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy signed Generation Interconnection Agreements (GIA) with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) in 2011 for the three solar PV plants. The 275 Megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable solar power will produce enough electricity for about 100,000 households in California.

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. The solar PV projects will displace the equivalent of approximately 473,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year of a coal plant, which is equal to the amount that roughly 20 million trees would displace annually.

“Our three solar farm projects will ultimately create over 300 direct and indirect construction jobs, as well as nearly 20 direct and indirect permanent, well-paying jobs in an area with high unemployment,” said Martin Hermann, CEO of 8minutenergy Renewables. “They will also contribute millions of dollars in related benefits to the local economy in Imperial Valley. 8minutenergy has a portfolio of more than 2,000 MW of renewable solar projects under development on private, disturbed land in California.”

“Gestamp Solar is pleased that its projects with 8minutenergy have received CUP approval,” stated Pablo Otin, vice president and U.S. country manager for Gestamp Solar. “We are excited about the next stage of development for these three projects.”

“We appreciate the support of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors for our solar projects,” said Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables. “8minutenergy actively supports the local community, which is why we are proud to work with the Calipatria School District on a private-public partnership that will create a vocational and internship program to train high school graduates for a career in the solar industry.”

“The Imperial Irrigation District is pleased to see the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approve these three 8minutenergy projects because they are in the IID transitional cluster and they have already signed Generation Interconnection Agreements. The projects are currently in the engineering development stage with the IID, and once operational they will pay wheeling charges and thus benefit IID rate payers,” said John Pierre Menvielle, president, IID Board of Directors.

The specific Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy solar PV projects approved by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors include:

Midway Solar Farm I
The Midway Solar Farm I is a large, utility-scale solar generation facility (50MW) sited on roughly 326 acres of low-value farmland in the Imperial Valley, Calif.

Midway Solar Farm II
The Midway Solar Farm II is a large, utility-scale solar generation facility (155MW) sited on roughly 803 acres of low-value farmland in the Imperial Valley, Calif.

Calipatria Solar Farm I
The Calipatria Solar Farm I is a large, utility-scale solar generation facility (70MW) sited on roughly 582 acres of low-value farmland in the Imperial Valley, Calif.

Gestamp Solar
Gestamp Solar is part of Gestamp Renewables, a division of Gestamp Corporation, and an industrial group that operates and supplies components within the renewable energy sector. Since 2005, Gestamp Renewables has aspired to position itself as an international leader within the renewable energy sector, using a unique and integrated business model encompassing the entire value chain—from manufacture and supply of components, to the promotion, construction, maintenance, operation and development of wind, solar, and biomass energy projects. Gestamp Solar has offices in San Francisco CA, Fresno CA, Reno NV, Albuquerque NM, and Jacksonville FL. For more information, please visit http://www.gestampsolar.com

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 utility-scale solar projects all located on private, disturbed and low-value farm land within California. 8minutenergy’s 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 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(at)8minutenergy(dot)com or visit http://www.8minutenergy.com.

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