NRG Energy Completes Innovative Community Solar Array in Rutland, Vermont

  NRG Energy Completes Innovative Community Solar Array in Rutland, Vermont

        — Fifty customers signed up to get solar built in their city —

Business Wire

RUTLAND, Vt. -- May 13, 2014

A community’s aspirations of a cleaner energy future were realized as
Rutland’s community solar project, built by NRG Residential Solar Solutions, a
wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), is now delivering
power. The 150 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array provides power to 50 Green
Mountain Power (GMP) customers who signed-up for the project.

The Rutland, Vermont Community Solar Project is now operational serving the
needs of businesses and ...

The Rutland, Vermont Community Solar Project is now operational serving the
needs of businesses and citizens in the region. (Photo: Business Wire)

“With the partnership of Green Mountain Power and the strong support of the
leadership and residents of Rutland, NRG has been able to build a truly
revolutionary solar program to help meet the electrical needs of the city,”
said Denise Wilson, Executive Vice President, New Businesses. “This community
solar project makes solar a possibility for all Rutland customers.”

The array was built on Hillside Avenue, just off Woodstock Avenue.

The agreement, which is one of the first of its kind between a utility and
solar developer, gives 50 Rutland residential and commercial customers solar
power at no upfront cost and a credit on their GMP bills for the energy
produced by the array.

“This project and the innovation it represents is helping make Rutland the
solar capital of New England,” said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell.
“Partnering with NRG Energy has made community solar work and advanced
Vermont’s achievement of its renewable energy goals. We anticipate working
together on additional projects in Vermont to further develop solar as a
meaningful part of our energy future.”

“Rutland is very proud of this array and what it means for the city and its
residents,” said Mayor Chris Louras, who is also a customer of the community
solar project. “Whether a person owns their own home, rents their residence,
lives in a shady area or cannot afford the upfront capital cost of their own
solar array, through this project, they can have solar power and with it, the
knowledge that they are helping the environment as they save on their electric
bill.”

About NRG Energy

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 serve nearly 3 million
residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information
is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and
follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

About Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits,
distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which
was named 2013 Utility of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association and
2014 Solar Champion by Vote Solar, serves more than 250,000 customers and has
set its vision to be the best small company in America.

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Contact:

NRG
David Knox, 713-824-6445
or
Green Mountain Power
Steve Costello, 802-793-4031
 
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