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Renewable Energy Finance Forum Kicks Off Texas Energy Independence Week

Renewable Energy Finance Forum Kicks Off Texas Energy Independence Week

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Texas Renewable Energy
Industries Association, TREIA has organized the Renewable Energy Finance Forum
to kick off Texas Energy Independence Week (TEIW) March 4, 2013, 9 am – 11:45
pm at the Omni Austin Hotel, Downtown, 700 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701. The
Finance Forum will examine financing of renewable energy developers and
suppliers, their projects and operations.

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Biennially Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, TREIA recognizes
Texas Energy Independence Week to focus attention on the role of renewable
energy in helping Texas become more energy self-reliant. TREIA declares the
week of March 4th 2013 as Texas Energy Independence Week.

TREIA provides forums and briefings at or near the Texas Capitol to inform
elected state officials, agencies, staffs, and the public on the current state
of the industry and the value of encouraging its growth. "The Finance
Forumaddresses issues affecting our industry's ability to thrive with
innovative means for connectingfunding with clean energy projects," said
Russel Smith, TREIA Executive Director. The Forum features:

Introduction: Steve Krebs, Vice President, OwnEnergy, Inc.
"We have assembled a group of speakers who live in Texas, are active in the
Texas market andvery interested in seeing the Texas renewable market grow,"
said Steve Krebs. "At the same time, they and their companies develop and
finance projects nationally. They are plugged into trends and techniques
renewable energy developers are utilizing across the country. Our speakers
are keen to share their perspectives with attendees. We look forward to a
great discussion on an important topic."

Speaker: Tuan Pham, President, PowerFin Partners, discussing the stages of a
successfully completed 4 MW AC utility-scale solar PV project, from
development, through construction, and operation. The presentation will
include:

  *Different aspects to be considered when filtering, doing due diligence,
    valuing, and monetizing smaller grid-tried solar projects
  *Capital contributions and roles played by different parties at different
    stages of a project
  *Pitfalls to avoid and strategies that worked

Panel: What's Happening Now in Renewable Energy Finance
A panel of renewable energy finance experts discussing project financing,
sources, structures and challenges including procuring financeable revenue
contracts, other commercial arrangements, joint venture, regulatory issues and
tax and other considerations relevant to limited recourse and corporate
financing of renewable energy projects and equipment.
Moderator: Steve Krebs, Vice President, OwnEnergy, Inc.
Panelists: Andrew Chen, Director, CIT Group, Thomas Houle, Managing Director,
Macquarie, Ted Matula, Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy Corporation, Bruce
Thompson, Vice President, Business Development, Pioneer Green.

Register online for the Renewable Energy Finance Forum, view forum details and
sign up for other Texas Energy Independence Week functions and activities at
www.treia.org.

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) www.treia.org is the
oldest renewable energy non-profit trade organization in Texas whose work
promoting development of renewable resources and their wise use has spanned a
quarter of a century.

The TREIA logo is available at
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The Texas Energy Independence Week logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=17211

CONTACT: Debrah Dubay, Dubay Communications
         512-627-3782
         Debrah@dubayco.com

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