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SAN DIEGO (June 20, 2018) – EDF Renewables announced today the signing of Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund will acquire a 50% ownership interest in the following projects: Red Pine Wind, Rock Falls Wind, Switch Station 1 Solar and Switch Station 2 Solar. Total capacity of the portfolio of projects is 588 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

EDF Renewables will remain involved in the projects as a co-owner providing management services and provider of operations and maintenance services.

Raphael Declercq, executive vice president of strategy for EDF Renewables commented, “This portfolio of wind and solar projects provides an attractive investment opportunity in the US renewable energy sector, well suited for a large pension fund. We are pleased to forge a new business relationship with PGGM and expect to follow with another transaction. We are confident that our expertise as a developer and operator complements PGGM’s renewable energy investment strategy.”

Erik van de Brake, head of infrastructure at PGGM commented, “This transaction enables PGGM to work closely with EDF Renewables, known for its great expertise in developing and operating renewable energy projects. The addition of this portfolio to our investments in renewable energy is part of PGGM’s push to build up a EUR 20 bn. impact investment portfolio across all asset classes for our client PFZW, the Dutch pension fund for the healthcare sector. With the impact investment portfolio PFZW aims to make a positive impact on climate, water scarcity, food security and healthcare.’’

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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SAN DIEGO and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 13, 2018)EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, today announced the signing of contracts by which EDF Renewables will develop and construct up to 200 megawatts (MW) of the Golden Plains Wind Project.

Golden Plains Wind Project is located in Winnebago and Kossuth counties in the north central portion of Iowa. The Project is expected to create 150+ construction jobs as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. The project will be completed by early 2020 and is expected to produce enough clean energy to power 87,000 average homes a year.

“We are pleased to partner with Alliant Energy to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Golden Plains Wind Project,” said Kate O’Hair, vice president development, North Region at EDF Renewables. “The Project will also provide an economic boost to the Iowa economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”

Golden Plains wind farm is part of Alliant Energy’s plan to add 1,000 MW of new wind generation to Iowa by the end of 2020.

“Wind energy is a win for Iowans,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “The benefits of this project help customers through reductions in emissions and fuel cost. It gives landowners lease payments to help on the farm and it helps communities through increased local tax revenue for schools and community services.”

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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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  • 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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SAINT-MATHIEU-DE-RIOUX, Quebec–Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie du Bas-Saint-Laurent (RIÉBSL), the Régie Intermunicipale de l’Energie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIÉGÎM) and EDF Renewables, together with around 170 guests, celebrated the inauguration of the Nicolas-Riou Wind Project today. The Project, with a capacity of 224.25 megawatts (MW), illustrates the importance of collaboration and support of local communities in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects.

Located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, on the public and private lands of TNO Boisbouscache and the municipalities of Sainte-Françoise, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Saint-Médard (RCM of Basques) and Saint-Eugène-de-Ladrière (RCM of Rimouski-Neigette), the Nicolas-Riou Wind Project represents an investment of nearly CAD 500 million.

The wind farm, owned 50-percent by EDF Renewables, 33-percent by RIÉBSL, and 17-percent by RIÉGÎM, is comprised of 65 Vestas V117 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.45 MW each. The construction phase began in June 2016 and involved more than 400 workers at its peak. Since the commissioning in January 2018, the Project employs ten full-time operations and maintenance personnel.

Present at the inauguration, Mr. Jean D’Amour, Minister Delegate for Maritime Affairs, Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and Member for Rivière-du-Loup – Témiscouata, took the opportunity to highlight the contribution of the workers and various stakeholders in the project. “I am very happy with the completion of this wind farm in Lower Laurentian territory. This project is certainly a major environmental project, but also represents a significant contribution to the economic development of municipalities and RCMs in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.”

“Pride is the word that sums up the last nine years of commitment to build Canada’s largest community wind farm. This is a very nice private-public achievement resulting from the pooling of the skills of both partners,” said Michel Lagacé, President of RIÉBSL. “It is estimated that 50% of the hours worked resulted from Bas-St-Lauren contractors, half of whom are based in one of the two RCMs that host the Project. During the 18 months of construction, the Nicolas-Riou wind farm generated direct benefits of approximately $31 million in wages and purchases of services and materials in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, of which more than half was in the RCMs of Basques and Rimouski-Neigette.”

According to Simon Deschênes, President of RIÉGÎM, “In addition to the profits distributed to public shareholders (forecast of $8 million annually over the next 25 years), annual contributions of $1.1 million will also be paid to the two RCMs during the life of the project. These are considerable sums that can be used at the discretion of communities, particularly as levers for development projects.”

“The strong partnership formed with RIEBSL and RIEGÎM demonstrates EDF Renewables commitment to working collaboratively with local communities and stakeholders and the success that results from pairing project development experience with local expectations, skills and talents,” said Cory Basil, Vice President Development for EDF Renewables Canada. “We are thankful for the vision, the dedication and commitment of our partners and are very proud to share in this celebration today to recognize the completion of Nicolas-Riou – a project that will bring significant economic benefits to the RCMs during its operation today and for many years to come.”

Nicolas-Riou is one of eight wind projects awarded to EDF Renewables in the context of Hydro-Québec Distribution’s 2008, 2010 and 2013 tenders. It is also the company’s fifth project held in partnership with RCMs or Aboriginal communities. The other four are La Mitis (24.6 MW), Le Granit (24.6 MW), Rivière-du-Moulin (350 MW) and Lac Alfred (300 MW). To date, EDF Renewables has commissioned 1,600 MW of wind and solar projects in Canada.

ABOUT EDF RENEWABLES:

EDF Renewables (EDFR) is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, the EDF group’s entity specialized in renewable energy. Present in more than 20 countries under the name EDF Renewables and EDF Renouvelables, the Company develops, builds and operates clean energy power plants by employing an integrated approach to project development covering all aspects from conception to commissioning through to generation and long-term operations. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage, EV charging and energy management; and asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial skills to maximize performance of generating projects. In Canada, EDF Renewables has 1,600 MW of wind and solar power facilities in service or under construction and 4,200 MW under development. For more information visit: www.edf-re.ca

ABOUT THE INTERMUNICIPAL ENERGY BOARD OF BAS-SAINT-LAURENT (RIÉBSL) AND THE RÉGIE INTERMUNICIPALE DE L’ÉNERGIE GASPESIE-ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE (RIEGÎM):

RIÉBSL is a partnership between the eight RCMs of Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Malécite de Viger First Nation (PNMV). Its role is to negotiate and conclude one or more alliances with private and / or municipal partners to establish, acquire, finance and operate one or more wind farms for the benefit of the Lower Laurentian communities.

The Régie Intermunicipale de l’Energie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine groups together the five RCMs of this administrative region as well as the agglomeration of Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

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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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