D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Bright Plain Renewable Energy Announce the Acquisition of Marion Solar Project

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) and Bright Plain Renewable Energy (BPRE) today announced the acquisition of two solar projects with a combined capacity of 7.1 MW-DC located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The projects were developed by Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) and acquired by an affiliate of DESRI in partnership with BPRE. The sites are located on industrial property owned by Citizens Energy Group (Citizens), including a former monofill landfill.

“We are very pleased to draw on our expertise constructing PV projects atop technically challenging and environmentally sensitive sites to make these projects a success.”

groSolar will serve as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the projects, and provide operations and maintenance services to the facilities once they are operational later this year. The projects are expected to produce more than 9,000 MWhs of clean energy per year for customers of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, part of the AES Corporation. KeyBank National Association provided financing for the acquisition, construction, and operation of the projects.

“DESRI is excited to expand our footprint in Indiana,” said Bryan Martin, managing director and head of U.S. Private Equity at the D. E. Shaw group. “We have successfully completed projects on other closed landfills and are looking forward to transforming the Marion site into a world class renewable energy facility for the residents and businesses of Indianapolis.”

“This collaboration demonstrates Citizens’ commitment to green infrastructure and optimizing our industrial land to create sustainable results for our community,” said Jeffrey Harrison, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Citizens Energy Group.

“CEI has a long history of developing renewable energy projects tailored to community needs,” said Eric Blank, Executive Vice President and Founder of CEI. “We are pleased to have successfully developed this landfill solar project for DESRI and BPRE.”

Jamie Resor, Chief Executive Officer of groSolar, added, “We are very pleased to draw on our expertise constructing PV projects atop technically challenging and environmentally sensitive sites to make these projects a success.”

“We are very pleased to have played a leading role in the financing of the Marion site transformation,” said Aaron Klein, vice president, KeyBanc Capital Markets Utility, Power & Renewable Energy Group. “The financing of this type of project demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and renewable projects with solid fundamentals.”

About D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) and its affiliates acquire long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with approximately $36 billion in investment capital as of April 1, 2015 and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Please visit www.deshaw.com for more information about the D. E. Shaw group.

About Bright Plain Renewable Energy

Bright Plain Renewable Energy was founded in 2011 by industry veterans David Buzby and William Lee as an operating platform to acquire and manage solar projects across North America. Based in San Francisco, CA, BPRE builds lasting relationships with leading project developers, provides efficient and knowledgeable capital, and manages a diversified portfolio of commercial and utility solar projects.

About Community Energy, Inc.

Since its inception in 1999, Community Energy has developed more than 1000 megawatts of solar and wind power. With long experience in utility energy marketing, the Company leads the markets in new financing structures, development expertise, and delivery of projects in new markets under new policies, all within its mission to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy at scale. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania and offices in Boulder, Colorado, Community Energy has a strong presence in both eastern and western renewable energy markets. For more information about Community Energy, please visit www.communityenergysolar.com.

About groSolar

groSolar has been providing turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for more than 15 years. Clients include developers, financiers, utilities, government, and others. groSolar has designed, built, and procured equipment for more than 200 MW of solar PV systems across the U.S. groSolar also provides operation and maintenance (O&M) services for solar PV system owners. For more information, please visit www.grosolar.com.

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 800,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities only for the benefit of customers and the community. Additional information is available online at www.CitizensEnergyGroup.com.

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