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Plug Power Announces Sanjay Shrestha as New Chief Strategy Officer

LATHAM, N.Y., April 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling e-mobility, today announced Sanjay Shrestha as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). In addition to managing the overall strategic priorities for Plug Power, Mr. Shrestha will lead strategic initiatives in Asia, focusing on OEM vehicle applications in China and India utilizing Plug Power’s modular line of ProGen hydrogen engines. He will also use his substantial industry and financing experience to lead Plug Power’s investor relations activities.

Shrestha has dedicated almost two decades to the clean technology industry. He most previously served as President of Sky Capital America. Under his leadership, Sky Capital America built and acquired over 100MW of operating solar assets and secured pipeline over 100MW.  He also sourced various types of financing solutions to support this growth, including project debt, construction equity, and long-term equity.

Shrestha brings extensive experience in the broader clean tech sector to the Plug Power team. Before his work at Sky Capital America, he led the renewable investment banking endeavors at FBR Capital Markets. During 2014, and under his leadership, the FBR was ranked among the top renewable energy underwriters in the U.S.

Shrestha was also a member of the Institutional Investor All America Research Team during the seven years that he was leading renewable energy research at Lazard Capital Markets, and globally ranked in the top five stock pickers. Prior to that, Shrestha began his career at First Albany Capital, building and managing their renewable and industrial research area. Starmine/Forbes Magazine ranked him the number one stock picker and the number one earnings estimator during his tenure at First Albany Capital.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Plug Power team,” said Shrestha. “A majority of my career has been spent in the renewables and clean technology industries. I believe Plug Power is at an inflection point on the growth curve. Leveraging its success in the material handling market, the company’s cutting-edge hydrogen and fuel cell technology is on pace to provide a comprehensive and sustainable solution to serve e-mobility markets on a global basis.”

“We are all very excited to welcome Sanjay to our team here at Plug Power,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “His extensive background and business acumen are exactly the kind of skills we’re looking for as we continue to execute a growth strategy in 2019 and beyond. We’re confident we can do great things together.”

About Plug Power Inc.           
The architect of modern hydrogen and fuel cell technology, Plug Power is the innovator that has taken hydrogen and fuel cell technology from concept to commercialization. Plug Power has revolutionized the material handling industry with its full-service GenKey solution, which is designed to increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints in a reliable, cost-effective way. The Company’s GenKey solution couples together all the necessary elements to power, fuel and serve a customer. With proven hydrogen and fuel cell products, Plug Power replaces lead acid batteries to power electric industrial vehicles, such as the lift trucks customers use in their distribution centers. Extending its reach into the on-road electric vehicle market, Plug Power’s ProGen platform of modular fuel cell engines empowers OEMs and system integrators to rapidly adopt hydrogen fuel cell technology. ProGen engines are proven today, with thousands in service, supporting some of the most rugged operations in the world. Plug Power is the partner that customers trust to take their businesses into the future. www.plugpower.com.

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