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Mainstream Renewable Power Sponsors Irish Quest for Arctic Passage World First

May 3, 2013

DUBLIN, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Three Irish explorers highlight effects of climate change

Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power today announced its
sponsorship of a rowing expedition attempting a world first through the infamous Northwest
Passage in the Canadian Arctic this summer. Three experienced Irish adventurers and one
Canadian are attempting to become the first ever people to cross the 3,000 km passage by
human power alone in a single season – a feat which is only possible due to the melting
ice which normally renders it impassable.

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Irishmen Paul Gleeson, Denis Barnett and Kevin Vallely along with Canadian Frank Wolf
will set off from Inuvik in the North West Territories on the first of July in their 25ft
long customized rowing boat “The Arctic Joule”. The four men will row in continuous shifts
24 hours a day, seven days a week as the route will be in constant daylight for the
majority of the journey, which is expected to take two to three months, ending at Pond
Inlet in Nunavut.

Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power said: “Mainstream is
proud to sponsor this expedition because it draws attention to the disasters of global
warming. The expedition can only happen because the polar ice caps are melting at an
alarming rate. The melting of the permafrost and the release of methane hydrate is perhaps
the biggest single calamity that mankind faces and it’s all down to human-induced global
warming. This expedition allows us to demonstrate to the world that there is an answer to
global warming. We don’t have to do without electricity. We can have our electricity
supplied by renewable sources.”

He continued: “Just last month, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that if we have
any hope of keeping climate change below two degrees Celsius, the peak year of carbon
emission has to be 2016. I hope this expedition will show world leaders that we need to
act now.”

This announcement comes as EU Environment Ministers met at Dublin Castle last week to
discuss a range of important environmental and climate issues as part of the Irish
Presidency agenda.

Speaking about the expedition Paul Gleeson said: “We are very pleased that such a
successful, Irish renewable energy company with a global presence feels as passionately
about this as we do. It wasn’t long ago that the Northwest Passage was the sole domain of
steel-hulled ice-breakers. We hope by making this traverse completely under human power in
a row boat, without sail or motor, in a single season we will be able to demonstrate
first-hand the profound effects climate change is having on our world.”

The Northwest Passage is a route through the various islands of the Canadian
archipelago which over the years has witnessed some incredible tales of courage, disaster
and hardship. In 1845, fellow-Irishman, Francis Crozier from County Down joined Sir John
Franklin on the same expedition in the HMS Terror, an expedition which ended in disaster
and to this day remains unsolved.

        For more information contact:

        Niamh McGrath
        Mainstream Renewable Power
        Tel: +353-1-290-2013


        Paul Gleeson
        Tel: +1-778-316-5434

        Kevin Vallely
        Tel: +1-604-842-9268




SOURCE Mainstream Renewable Power

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