NRG Energy Brings Solar Power to New Orleans School - Unveils First Solar Powered Playground at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology

Sat Feb 2, 2013 10:00am EST

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NEW ORLEANS--(Business Wire)--
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) today dedicated a solar photovoltaic installation
and opened the NRG Playground at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School
for Science and Technology in New Orleans. The installation, donated by NRG,
will provide sun-powered energy and education to enhance the experience for the
students, and demonstrate how solar is a viable energy option for a new
generation of accessible sustainable projects. The installation and playground
were dedicated by David Crane, NRG President and CEO; Drew Brees, New Orleans
Saints quarterback; and Dr. Doris Roche`-Hicks, CEO and Principal of the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology.
Artist rendering of the solar canopy at the NRG Playground at the Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. School in New Orleans. (Photo: Business Wire)

As part of the event, NRG hosted a panel discussion on the future of solar power
featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University;
Don Smolenski, President of the Philadelphia Eagles; Matt Petersen, President
and CEO of Global Green USA; and Laura Spanjian, Director, Office of
Sustainability for the City of Houston. 

"The new solar installation at the Martin Luther King School demonstrates the
applicability and versatility of solar power in urban environments," said Crane.
"In addition to reducing the energy costs of the school, the solar panels will
provide shade and shelter to students and teachers while on the school grounds."

To raise awareness of recent advancements in solar technology, NRG has
championed flagship solar power projects at several high-visibility locations
including: Arizona State University; FedEx Field, home of the Washington
Redskins; Patriots Place/Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots;
Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles; MetLife Stadium, home
of the New York Jets and New York Giants; and the new Santa Clara Stadium,
future home of the San Francisco 49ers. 

The NRG solar installation at the school is comprised of 397 solar panels, which
will provide 112 kilowatts of power, enough to handle one-third of the school`s
peak electricity demand with renewable solar energy. The installation also
features playground upgrades and educational components including fans, drinking
fountains, a garden irrigation system, prisms and inspirational sayings intended
to improve the overall student and teacher experience. 

"More than just a source of energy, this playground will serve as a source of
inspiration, education and fun for years to come," said Dr. Hicks, the school

NRG Energy partnered with several organizations to design and deliver this
project. It was designed and managed by Sunora Energy Solutions, which also
fabricated and pre-assembled the solar arrays with panels donated by Trina
Solar. DLR Design Group and Core Construction provided engineering and
construction support. Common Ground Relief provided the gardens and wetland
plantings and educational components. The entire project was inspired by the
ongoing work Global Green USA has been leading in the lower Ninth Ward. 

About NRG 

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A
Fortune 300 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 Stay connected. Follow NRG
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updates from the panel discussion by searching #NRGForum.

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Jason Post, 917.331.3596 (Media) 

Copyright Business Wire 2013


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