8minutenergy Renewables Recognized by the Obama Administration for 4 GW Commitment to Solar Market in India


SAN FRANCISCO, CA AND NEW DELHI, INDIAJune 8, 20168minutenergy Renewables, LLC (“8minutenergy”), the largest independent solar developer in the U.S., is announcing recognition from the Obama Administration for its four gigawatt commitment to India’s solar energy market. 8minutenergy’s commitment was made in tandem with Prime Minister Modi of India’s visit to the White House, which focused on increasing clean energy access and progress made around U.S.-India climate change priorities.

By pursuing its large-scale solar PV project pipeline, 8minutenergy will be helping the Indian government meet its aggressive renewable energy goals of 100 GW by 2022 (including 60 GW of large and medium scale solar). 8minutenergy’s projects would also spur local economies in India by generating over 10,000 domestic construction jobs in total.

“We are honored to be recognized by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi. We have recently expanded our focus to include international markets where clean energy is needed most, and we are particularly excited about our work in India,” said Martin Hermann, Founder and CEO, 8minutenergy. “With its complex project development environment, mandates for utility-scale growth, and auction award mechanisms, we see a lot of similarities between the highly-competitive California solar market and India’s. We are proud to be one of California’s solar energy leaders with nearly 15% market share today, and we hope to bring what we’ve learned in our home state into other countries through our effort to make clean energy accessible to all.”

Tom Buttgenbach, President and Co-Founder of 8minutenergy, also commented, “We are dedicated to bridging U.S-India partnerships across the development spectrum – from financing to project construction and operations – in order to make this pipeline a reality. We will bring cutting-edge technology and deployment solutions, including many U.S.-designed solar and storage options, to our global energy projects. It is 8minutenergy’s mission to make clean energy abundant, and our commitment to the U.S. and Indian solar markets are key to achieving this objective.”

8minutenergy is also committing to contribute to the Clean Energy Finance Forum, which provides private sector support to the U.S.-India Clean Energy Finance Task Force. A presidential initiative announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi, the Task Force is exploring innovative bilateral approaches to clean energy financing.

8minutenergy is headquartered in California with several global offices, including in New Delhi, India.



Founded in 2009, 8minutenergy Renewables is the nation’s largest independent developer of solar PV projects. To date, 8minutenergy has been awarded more than 1.5 gigawatts in power purchase agreements, and is developing some of the largest solar projects in the world, including the 800 MW Mount Signal farm in California. 8minutenergy has an unmatched ability to produce affordable clean energy and to deliver strong financial returns on utility-scale solar projects. For more information, please visit www.8minutenergy.com.

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8minutenergy is the largest independent solar power developer in the United States