SunEdison and GE Capital Real Estate Activate First Ontario Solar Rooftop Systems

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TORONTO, Aug. 30, 2011 /CNW/ -- SunEdison, the solar energy subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR), and GE Capital Real Estate today announced the next step in the GE Capital Real Estate environmental sustainability initiative by activating the first two of fifteen solar rooftop systems utilizing the Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) that are helping to reduce carbon emissions in Canada.

SunEdison is building and operating all fifteen photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems and GE Capital Real Estate is hosting the installations on its commercial buildings in the Greater Toronto Area, including Vaughan, Brampton, Burlington, Markham and Mississauga, with additional systems located in London. The first two systems are expected to generate more than 3.2 million kWh of clean energy over a 20-year period. In total, the fifteen targeted projects between GE Capital Real Estate and SunEdison represent over 2.3 MW of capacity, and have the potential to offset an estimated 9.8 million kilograms of CO2 into the atmosphere, the equivalent of removing 5,515 cars from the road for one year.

"GE Capital Real Estate joins a growing list of SunEdison customers who have discovered that our solar offering provides building owners with a low-risk green initiative that provides a new revenue stream with no upfront capital outlay," said Jason Gray, Canada Country Manager for SunEdison. "We are pleased to help GE Capital Real Estate achieve their sustainability goals, while continuing to help create hundreds of green jobs in the region through the local production of our solar equipment."

Adding to the significance of the activation today is the fact that these installations join a small group of FIT supported projects in Ontario that have reached commercial operation. The Ontario FIT program, which began in early 2009, is still in its early stages and only approximately three percent of the nearly 2,085 solar rooftop contracts offered to date have reached this milestone.

Also of significance, and as part of Ontario's FIT program, the racking materials used in this project were manufactured locally. In 2010, SunEdison established a relationship to produce solar racking equipment in Scarborough, Ontario, helping to stimulate job creation in the province's manufacturing sector.

"The adoption of solar energy in installations like this will help transform how we build and manage our cities, our businesses and even our homes," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. "It will add to major investments The Regional Municipality of York is making in public transit and transportation, community services and security and will help ensure our businesses and communities are competitive, prosperous and sustainable."

Added Matthew Walton, Asset Manager with GE Capital Real Estate in Toronto, "This program illustrates how GE Capital Real Estate is identifying and executing innovative sustainable strategies to maximize asset value. We are focused on maintaining an environmental leadership position in commercial real estate. Our partnership with SunEdison and this rooftop solar initiative is an important step in meeting our sustainability goals."

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    Notes to Editor

    *About the Feed-in Tariff Program (FIT)

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Ontario's Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program for renewable energy generation is a cornerstone of the province's Green Energy Act. Under the program, participants are paid a fixed-price for the electricity they generate over a 20 year contract period. For more information, visit http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca.

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    About SunEdison
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SunEdison is a global provider of solar-energy services. The company develops, finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed solar energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. In 2010 SunEdison deployed more than 160 megawatts of solar throughout the world. For more information about SunEdison, please visit www.sunedison.com.

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    About MEMC
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MEMC is a global leader in semiconductor and solar technology. MEMC has been a pioneer in the design and development of silicon wafer technologies for more than 50 years. With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, MEMC enables the next generation of high-performance semiconductor devices and solar cells. Through its SunEdison subsidiary, MEMC is also a developer of solar power projects and a worldwide leader in solar energy services. MEMC's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "WFR" and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information about MEMC, please visit www.memc.com.

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    About GE Capital Real Estate
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GE Capital Real Estate (www.gecapitalrealestate.com) is one of the world's premier commercial real estate companies with US$68 billion in assets and a presence in 31 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. GE Capital Real Estate has a depth of knowledge and experience and a history of building relationships, finding opportunities and opening doors for more than 5,000 owners, builders, borrowers and brokers worldwide. Our vision is to create value for all stakeholders by strategically improving the environmental performance of our assets and providing tenants with a better experience.

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SOURCE SunEdison

For further information: For more information, interview requests or photography from the event, please contact: Miranda Gulland, for SunEdison, Direct: +1-416-413-4730, Cell: +1-416-209-4408, sunedisonpr@hillandknowlton.ca; John Oliver, for GE Capital Real Estate, Direct: +1-203-750-3089, john.oliver@ge.com Web Site: http://www.sunedison.com

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