02.07.08

Beacon Power: Loan for Plant Expansion Closed

Beacon Power Corporation, a company that designs and develops advanced products and services to support more stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation, announced today that it has closed on a $5-million loan that will help fund expansion of its flywheel production facility and create new clean technology jobs. The loan, which was first announced on June 13th, comes from a funding collaboration between the Emerging Technology Fund of Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Business Expansion Initiative.

This funding shows how important clean technology and associated job growth are to forward-thinking states like Massachusetts, said Bill Capp, Beacon president and CEO. Our flywheel systems have been recognized by state, federal, and industry officials as being able to play an important role in the building of a more dependable power grid. That grid will include significantly more renewable energy sources and sustainable technologies such as energy storage to support their deployment. We're grateful for the vision and leadership of Governor Patrick's administration and these two state agencies. We look forward to using these funds to build out our manufacturing capacity as we move into commercial production.

The earlier announcement of a loan agreement was made at a plant inauguration event held on June 13th at Beacon's Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, headquarters. The event was attended by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and other officials from local, state and federal government.

About Beacon Power

Beacon Power Corporation designs, develops and is taking steps to commercialize advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation. The Company's primary business strategy is to commercialize its patented flywheel energy storage technology to perform frequency regulation services on the grid. Beacon's Smart Energy Matrix, now entering production following approval for use in three of the country's five open-bid regulation markets, is designed to be a non-polluting, megawatt-level, utility-grade flywheel-based solution that would provide sustainable frequency regulation services. Beacon is a publicly traded company with its research, development and manufacturing facility in the U.S. For more information, visit www.beaconpower.com.

Safe Harbor Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This Material contained in this press release may include statements that are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect Beacon Power Corporation's current views about future events and financial performances. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as believe, expect, plan, anticipate, and similar expressions identifying forward-looking statements. Investors should not rely on forward-looking statements because they are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Beacon Power Corporation's expectation. These factors include: a short operating history; a history of losses and anticipated continued losses from operations; a need to raise additional capital combined with a questionable ability to do so; the complexity and other challenges of arranging project financing and resources for one or more frequency regulation power plants, including uncertainty about whether we will be successful in obtaining DOE loan guarantee support for our New York facility; conditions in target markets, including the fact that some ISOs have been slow to comply with the FERC's requirement to update market rules to include new technology such as the Company's; our ability to obtain site interconnection or other zoning and construction approvals in a timely manner; no experience manufacturing any product or supplying frequency regulation services on a commercial basis; limited commercial contracts for sales to date; the dependence of sales on the achievement of product optimization, manufacturing and commercialization milestones; the uncertainty of the political and economic climate, and the different electrical grid characteristics and requirements of any foreign countries into which we hope to sell or operate, including the uncertainty of enforcing contracts, the different market structures, and the potential substantial fluctuation in currency exchange rates in those countries; dependence on third-party suppliers; intense competition from companies with greater financial resources, especially from companies that are already in the frequency regulation market; possible government regulation that would impede the ability to market products or services or affect market size; possible product liability claims and the negative publicity which could result; any failure to protect intellectual property, including the effect of the patent litigation recently initiated against us; retaining key executives and the possible need in the future to hire and retain key executives; the historical volatility of our stock price, as well as the volatility of the stock price of other companies in the energy sector. These factors are elaborated upon and other factors may be disclosed from time to time in Beacon Power Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beacon Power expressly does not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: Beacon Power Corporation

Contact:Beacon Power CorporationJames Spiezio, 978-694-9121spiezio@beaconpower.comorGene Hunt, 978-661-2825hunt@beaconpower.com
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