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Oakland/Washington – April 13, 2017

The 2017 Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) Summit will gather corporate buyers, service providers, developers, financiers, utilities and nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara, CA, September 17-19, 2017, ahead of GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 17 conference and expo, to identify opportunities to accelerate corporate procurement of renewable energy. The two-day interactive summit organized by REBA and hosted by GreenBiz Group will focus on the fast-growing market for utility-scale renewable energy transactions.

The second annual REBA Summit aims to build a community, share challenges and advance partnerships around corporate renewable energy procurement. REBA’s goal is to deploy 60 GW of new corporate renewable energy capacity by 2025, growing the total amount of non-hydro renewables on the U.S. grid by more than 50 percent, from 107 GW in 2015.

“VERGE 17 is an ideal platform to host the REBA Summit given the diverse, cross-sector audience it convenes and a focus on innovative ways to advance renewable energy, which aligns directly with the goals of REBA,” said Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy at Microsoft.

REBA is led by four non-profit organizations that combine deep expertise in transforming energy markets: BSR’s Future of Internet Power, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, World Resources Institute’s Charge Initiative, and World Wildlife Fund’s Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles (also supported by World Resources Institute). Collectively, REBA works with more than 100 iconic, multinational companies that represent enormous demand for renewable power.

VERGE 17, September 19-21, 2017, focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions in a climate-constrained world. The three-day conference and expo convenes a diverse, cross-sector audience of more than 2,000 leaders representing the world’s largest companies, technology startups, energy producers and consumers, commercial real estate owners and the public sector — creating a unique ecosystem focused on opportunities for business, the environment and society. Participation in the 2017 REBA Summit is by invitation-only for select corporate members and partners of REBA’s initiatives: https://www.greenbiz.com/REBA To learn more about REBA, visit: http://rebuyers.org/

“We are proud to host this premier gathering of the world’s largest companies seeking to accelerate a clean-energy future,” said Eric Faurot, CEO of GreenBiz Group. “We hope that by bringing these leadership organizations together, we will collectively enable more companies to commit to renewable energy for their operations and facilities, as well as get the tools needed to find their way through the complex renewable energy marketplace.”