NRG Energy Introduces Solar Canopy to Extend Energy Independence Beyond the Rooftop

  NRG Energy Introduces Solar Canopy to Extend Energy Independence Beyond the

Freestanding solar power generation structure offsets energy costs and offers
                           optional battery backup

Solar Power International 2013

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- October 22, 2013

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar –
one of the nation’s largest solar developers – today announced the offering of
the fully customizable, freestanding NRG Solar Canopy. The introduction marks
a major step forward in expanding the viability of solar installations beyond
large rooftop structures. The canopy can provide supplemental power on and/or
off the grid (dependent on configuration) to help manage energy costs along
with usable shade and shelter.

NRG announced the offering of the NRG Solar Canopy, a freestanding solar array
with a modular design ...

NRG announced the offering of the NRG Solar Canopy, a freestanding solar array
with a modular design that reduces cost and time of installation without
sacrificing customization to meet each customer’s unique requirements. (Photo:
Business Wire)

Using a modular kit produced by Sunora Energy Solutions, a wholly owned
subsidiary of NRG Solar LLC, the modular design reduces cost and time of
installation without sacrificing customization to meet each customer’s unique

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, NRG began to take a more urgent
look at providing a solution that could meet basic power needs in the event of
a grid emergency,” said Tom Doyle, president and CEO of NRG Solar. “We believe
in bringing renewable energy solutions—like the NRG Solar Canopy—to customers
in new and innovative ways that extend beyond the rooftop so customers are not
limited in their approach to energy independence.”

Innovation Provides Options for Businesses

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recognizes the top solar adopters
to be some of the country’s most recognizable brands with large footprints and
buildings with flat roofs that can support rooftop solar installations. The
introduction of NRG’s Solar Canopy will bring the power of solar beyond the
roof in conjunction with existing solar installations, as well as to new
business types to further expand the use of solar and benefits of lowering
operating costs and increasing profits.

The NRG Solar Canopy can be incorporated into large-scale commercial use as
part of a comprehensive rooftop, ground mount, or solar parking solution that
could also be included in a power purchase agreement (PPA) from NRG Solar. The
canopy is optimal for universities, hospitals, gas stations, banks, stadiums,
bus stops and remote locations such as islands, parks and farms, and dependent
on installation size, can power a variety of appliances – from laptops to
ATMs. It will come in four models that will generate from 2.44 kW to 7.32 kW
of power depending on the geographic location:

1. Solar Canopy Mini: dimensions are 15 feet x 14 feet; 2,440 annual kWh

2. Solar Canopy Model 1: dimensions are 7.5 feet x 27 feet; 2,440 annual kWh

3. Solar Canopy Model 2: dimensions are 15 feet x 27 feet; 4,880 annual kWh

4. Solar Canopy Model 3: dimensions are 22.5 feet x 27 feet; 7,320 annual kWh

“Upon testing the idea with customers, we found that there also existed a
strong demand for a solar power generating solution that would complement
their architectural environment and make a statement for their brand,” said

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, through its partnership with NRG, is
deploying solar canopies in addition to rooftop and ground mounted solar
installations on selected hotels and resorts. These canopies will be
customized to match the look and feel of each resort, and purposed in diverse
ways including luxury pool cabanas, a golf starter shack, shaded recreation
areas, and covered food and beverage areas.

“At Starwood, we are making every effort to reduce our energy consumption and
work toward our company’s sustainability goals,” said Andrea Pinabell,
director of sustainability, global citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide. “Partnering with NRG to install solar canopies in a variety of
customized configurations not only help us offset our electricity costs and
reduce the company’s carbon footprint but also adds a design element to our
properties which can add to the guest experience.”

Canopies are currently installed at NRG headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey
and Greensgrow Farms in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Solar Canopy Offers Battery Storage Options

The Solar Canopy offers grid autonomy through its optional bi-modal and
off-grid capabilities, allowing unused solar energy to be stored to an
optional battery backup housed within the canopy, instead of being sent to the
public grid.

These optional battery “banks” come in strings of eight. Each string provides
the equivalent to approximately 1.5 days of reliable power depending on power
usage. For customers who already have diesel, propane or natural gas-powered
back-up generators, these batteries offer further assurance as Solar Canopy
has zero dependency on fuel.

Residential solar canopies will be available in 2014 in the same sizes and
configurations. Purchases for private homes, in addition to those from smaller
volume businesses, will be handled through NRG’s “Get a Quote” process on, or directly through Sunora or one of its channel partners. For
additional product information, please visit

About NRG and NRG Solar

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by
delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength
of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A
Fortune 500 company, we create value through reliable and efficient
conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power,
electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric
energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers – Reliant,Green Mountain
Energyand NRG Residential Solutions – serve more than 2 million residential
and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available Connect withNRG EnergyonFacebookand follow us on
Twitter @nrgenergy.

NRG, through its subsidiaries includingNRG Solar LLC, has more than 2,000 MW
of photovoltaic and solar thermal projects in operation, under construction or
in development across the southwesternUnited States. More information is
available Connect with NRG Solar onFacebookand follow
us on Twitter@nrgsolar.

About Sunora Energy Solutions

Sunora Energy Solutions is a design-build energy product and solutions company
that makes solar power cost-effective through proprietary innovation, scale, &
operational excellence in engineering, construction, and fabrication. Sunora
provides high quality, integrated solutions at the lowest total cost in the
industry. Sunora services a range of customers from developers to consumers
across the United States and North America that need affordable utility and
distributed power generation. Sunora is a privately-held, solar Engineering,
Procurement and Construction (EPC) Corporation based in Phoenix, Arizona and
subsidiary of NRG Solar LLC, one of the largest developers of solar power in
the U.S. For more information about Sunora Energy Solutions, please visit the
company’s website at

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