NRG Powers 20 Schools and Irrigation System in Haiti with Solar Energy

  NRG Powers 20 Schools and Irrigation System in Haiti with Solar Energy

 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Completed with Nonprofit Partner Solar
                             Electric Light Fund

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PRINCETON, N.J. & WASHINGTON -- November 28, 2012

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) today announced the successful completion of its
“The Sun Lights the Way”  project in the Boucan Carré region of Haiti. The
program entailed the installation of solar electric systems at 20 schools, a
fish farm and a drip irrigation system supporting agricultural production
throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau region, through collaboration with the
Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a nonprofit organization.

These installations complete NRG’s “The Sun Lights the Way: Brightening Boucan
Carré” project, funded by the company’s $1 million commitment made through the
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and an additional $500,000 pledge from the
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. This project helps to improve the quality of
education for more than 6,000 Haitian students by providing the electricity
needed to power lights, communication systems, laptop computers and other
school equipment in a remote area of the country. The solar irrigation system,
or “Solar Market Garden™,” will help to increase the production of crops at
the Lashto Zanmi Agrikol farm by powering water pumps, while the solar array
at the Lashto Fish Farm enables a dramatic increase in fish production by
powering aerators for six tanks.

”This program already is improving the lives of thousands of people who have
gained access to the regular supply of electricity for the first time in their
lives,” said David Crane, NRG President and CEO. “Our CGI commitment to
install solar power at schools and food production facilities in Haiti
dovetails with our overall company commitment to respect the environment, help
end hunger, and improve access to better educational opportunities. Much work
remains to be done in Haiti and we intend to continue to do our part to help.”

“In 2006, 35 percent of women in Haiti had no education whatsoever, and as of
2010, 30 percent of girls ages 15-24 were illiterate,” said Bob Freling,
SELF’s Executive Director. “Our goal is to provide the tools necessary to
ensure that every child in Haiti has the opportunity to achieve their
potential in school; electricity is critical in doing this. Solar energy
allows schools that are in very remote locations – in one instance we had to
transport solar panels by donkey – to power things like computers that can
open up a whole new world of learning opportunities for students.”

The project received support from Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL), a leading
integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products, which donated all
of the solar panels installed on the schools.

“Trina Solar is proud to be a part of this life-changing project,” said Jifan
Gao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trina Solar. “Projects and
partnerships like these demonstrate the universal power of solar energy to
improve people’s lives and to empower communities all over the world.”

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A
Fortune 500 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter energy
choices for our customers: whether as one of the largest solar power
developers in the country, or by building the first privately funded electric
vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy
solutions to better manage their energy use. Our diverse power generating
facilities can support more than 20 million homes and our retail electricity
providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus – serve
more than two million customers. More information is available at
www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on
Twitter @nrgenergy.

About SELF

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit
whose mission is to implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in
energy poverty with economic, education, health and agricultural development.
Its Whole Village Development Model takes an innovative approach to designing
and implementing integrated solar systems to improve the lives of the 1.5
billion people living in worldwide energy poverty. Since 1990, SELF has
completed projects in more than 20 countries, pioneering unique applications
of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti,
telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa, and
microenterprise development in Nigeria. Connect with SELF on the web at
www.SELF.org; on Twitter @solarfund; and at
Facebook.com/solarelectriclightfund.

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) is a leading manufacturer of high quality
modules and has a long history as a solar PV pioneer since it was founded in
1997 as a system installation company. Trina Solar is one of the few PV
manufacturers that have developed a vertically integrated business model from
the production of monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon ingots, wafers
and cells to the assembly of high quality modules. Trina Solar's products
provide reliable and environmentally-friendly electric power for a growing
variety of end-user applications worldwide. For further information, please
visit Trina Solar's website at http://www.trinasolar.com.

Contact:

NRG Energy
Lori Neuman, 609-524-4525
Lori.Neuman@nrgenergy.com
or
Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)
John Alejandro, 202-234-7265
john@self.org
 
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