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January 30, 2018

Golden Renewable Energy Raises Growth Capital from Fortistar

Leading Private Investment and Energy Management Firm Invests in Waste Plastics Disposal Company with Cutting Edge Technology

YONKERS, New York — January 30, 2018 — Golden Renewable Energy, LLC (“GRE”), a market leading provider of waste plastic to energy technology, today announced that it has raised growth capital from Fortistar Capital, LLC (“Fortistar”), which invests in sustainability-focused and innovative energy sources which are helping facilitate decarbonize ie. transition the United States to a zero-carbon economy. The funding further accelerates GRE’s momentum in ramping production of its Renewable Fuel Production Units (“RFP Units”), and in developing projects that incorporate its proprietary technology to provide environmentally sound solutions for the disposing of waste plastic.

GRE’s goal is to offer an efficient, scalable and cost effective solution to the world’s waste plastics problem – sustainability at no additional cost. It has been calculated that the total volume of all plastics total 8.3 billion tons, of which some 6.3 billion tons is now waste. Of this waste, 79% is in landfills or the natural environment. It is estimated that approximately 9% of plastics are recycled and approximately 12% incinerated, creating its own environmental issues. More shocking, it is estimated that approximately 10 million tons of plastics currently end up in our oceans and waterways each year.

By creating a modular and scalable solution that can be deployed at the source of plastics waste, GRE offers an economic alternative to landfill waste plastic disposal, without the environmental impact of traditional incineration. Furthermore, GRE’s technology offers another alternative energy source without the carbon footprint of traditional fossil fuels. This difference in approach, and a seemingly infinite source of input material in the form of essentially any type of waste plastic, is expected to accelerate GRE’s growth.

GRE’s RFP Unit is a continuous feed system that uses pyrolysis to convert residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396, commonly used as home heating or industrial use fuel. Modular and conveniently compact in size, GRE’s RFP Units and their proprietary, patented process allow the pyrolysis conversion to take place efficiently, economically and in an environmentally responsible way, making it the choice for both the public and private sector to use in taking on the challenge of responsibly disposing of America’s continually accumulating waste plastic products.

“The combination of Fortistar’s decades of energy investment management expertise, coupled with GRE’s leading, innovative waste plastic solution, make us ideal partners,” said Mark Comora, President of Fortistar. He continues to say, “We are proud to help GRE’s management team bring their cutting-edge technology to address the global plastics disposal challenge.”

“We are very pleased that Fortistar and others have recognized that GRE has a revolutionary, powerful, proven and immediately actionable solution to today’s serious waste plastic problem. We look forward to having them as partners as we execute on our business plan to install our innovative RFP Units quickly throughout the U.S. and eventually abroad,” stated Nicholas Canosa, founder, President and CEO.

“We applaud GRE’s innovation and commitment to delivering a real solution to the world’s waste plastic problem,” said Nadeem Nisar, Managing Director at Fortistar. “We are confident in GRE’s unique technology and business model, and believe it will quickly become the go-to provider of waste plastic solutions across a large potential client base, both in U.S. and internationally.”

ABOUT GRE

Golden Renewable Energy, LLC (“GRE” or the “Company”) is a leading technology provider in the renewable energy industry. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, GRE was founded in 2010 by Nicholas T. Canosa, President and CEO of GRE.

GRE’s proprietary technology converts residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396, commonly used as home heating or industrial use fuel, using its proprietary, patented process.

To learn more about GRE, visit www.goldenrenewable.com

Media Contact Information

GRE: Michael Moreno, COO; mmoreno@goldenrenewable.com
Fortistar: Andy Beck, Makovsky: abeck@makovsky.com

About Fortistar

Founded in 1994, Fortistar is a privately-owned investment firm that successfully builds, operates and manages companies and projects that address global challenges that others viewed as too complex or uncertain. Fortistar utilizes its capital, flexibility and operating expertise to grow high-performing assets, first in independent power projects and now into other areas that support decarbonization. As a team, Fortistar has led financings raising over $3.5 billion in capital for companies and projects in the energy, transportation and industrial sectors. For more information about Fortistar or its portfolio companies, please visit: www.fortistar.com and follow the company on LinkedIn.