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Plug Power Identifies SouthernLINC Wireless as Multi-Year ReliOn Fuel Cell Customer

LATHAM, N.Y. and SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today announced that it has executed a multi-year contract with SouthernLINC Wireless, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, for its ReliOn integrated fuel cell solution and GenFuel hydrogen services.

Plug Power will provide ReliOn integrated backup power fuel cell solutions to SouthernLINC Wireless for use in its wireless network, which supports Southern Company's communication needs and provides a wireless communications network for customers. Southern Company is an Atlanta-based energy company serving 4.4 million customers in the Southeastern United States.

SouthernLINC Wireless anticipates deploying as many as 500 new LTE sites utilizing the Plug Power ReliOn integrated solution, which includes fuel cell systems and bulk refillable hydrogen storage, DC plant rectifiers and distribution, battery technology and space for radio equipment, in an environmentally-hardened outdoor cabinet.

Plug Power's hydrogen fuel cell-based backup power system, known as ReliOn, supplements batteries and replaces diesel-fuel generators used for backup power applications. The integrated system provides a complete communications equipment shelter and a highly reliable, clean, cost-effective grid and backup power system for 24x7 operations. The system enables rapid deployment while requiring only a fraction of the footprint required by previous solutions.

"Plug Power looks forward to working with the SouthernLINC Wireless team in the coming years to provide a robust ReliOn-powered wireless communications network at approximately 500 new sites," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. "In turn, SouthernLINC will be well equipped to deliver reliable power and communications to customers no matter what weather challenges come their way."

The ReliOn product was successfully demonstrated with Southern Company prior to being awarded the contract.

About Plug Power Inc.

The powerhouse in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprint. Its signature solution, GenKey, provides an all-inclusive package for customers, incorporating GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, GenCare aftermarket service and either GenDrive or ReliOn fuel cell systems. GenDrive, a lead-acid battery replacement, is used in electric lift trucks in high-throughput material handling applications. With more than 6,000 GenDrive units deployed to material handling customers, GenDrive has been proven reliable with over 25 million hours of runtime. And, ReliOn is Plug Power's modular, scalable fuel cell for customers seeking solutions in critical stationary power applications. Plug Power ReliOn customers have installed fuel cells at more than 2,500 customer locations globally. Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today, so customers can POWERAhead. Additional information about the Plug Power brands is available at www.plugpower.com.

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Source:Plug Power Inc.