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Enbridge and First Solar Celebrate the Completion of Two Ontario Solar Projects

September 15, 2011

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2011) -

Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) and First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) are celebrating the completion of Enbridge's 5-megawatt Tilbury Solar Project today, and its 15-megawatt Amherstburg II Solar Project tomorrow.

"Solar energy is a key component of Enbridge's strategy to invest in renewable energy sources that complement our core operations and provide environmental benefits," said Don Thompson, Enbridge Vice President, Green Energy. "Our Tilbury and Amherstburg II projects are excellent examples of the success of that strategy. Together, they are preventing 11,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere, and are generating enough emissions-free electricity to meet the needs of about 3,200 homes."

"The Tilbury and Amherstburg II projects illustrate that solar power is a viable form of energy generation," said Frank DeRosa, First Solar Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Americas. "Because it makes good economic and environmental sense, it's here to stay."

To celebrate its expansion in the Tilbury and Amherstburg communities, Enbridge announced two $10,000 donations: one to the Chatham-Kent Fire Department and the other to the Amherstburg Fire Department. The donations, which fall under Enbridge's Safe Community Program, will be used by the fire departments to replace a fire safety trailer and to replace outdated pagers.

"When Enbridge becomes a member of a community, we commit to being a full and contributing member," said Thompson. "We continue to look forward to long and mutually beneficial relationships with the residents and businesses of both Tilbury and Amherstburg."

Tilbury Solar Project at a glance:

Generation Capacity: About 5 megawatts
Solar panels: About 82,500 panels
Area: 150 acres (60 hectares)
Annual yield: Around 7 million kWh (corresponding to the annual consumption of about 800 homes)
CO2 saving: About 3,000 tonnes per year (equal to removing about 344 cars from the road)
Total cost: Together with the Amherstburg II Solar Project, approximately C$90 million
Peak construction jobs: About 300

Amherstburg II Solar Project at a glance:

Generation Capacity: About 15 megawatts (split between two separate facilities, one of which is 10 MW, the other 5 MW)
Solar panels: 244,000 panels
Area: 154 acres (62 hectares)
Annual yield: Around 23 million kWh (corresponding to the annual consumption of about 2,400 homes)
CO2 saving: About 8,000 tonnes per year (equal to removing about 1,032 cars from the road)
Total cost: Together with the Tilbury Solar Project, approximately C$90 million
Peak construction jobs: About 350

About Enbridge

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a North American leader in delivering energy and one of the 2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has a growing involvement in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses, and is expanding its interests in renewable and green energy technologies including wind and solar energy, hybrid fuel cells and carbon dioxide sequestration. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge employs approximately 6,400 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S. and is ranked as one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and one of the Top 100 Companies to Work for in Canada. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor technology, and is a premier provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) system solutions. The company is delivering an economically viable alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit

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Contact Information

Enbridge Inc.
Jennifer Varey
(403) 508-6563 or Toll Free: (888) 992-0997

Enbridge Inc.
Jonathan Gould
Investment Community
(403) 231-3916

First Solar Inc. - Media Contact
United States:
Alan Bernheimer
(602) 414-9361

First Solar Inc. - Investor Contact
Larry Polizzotto
(602) 414-9315

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