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Bridge Bank Provides $5 Million to Principal Solar Inc.

Bridge Bank Provides $5 Million to Principal Solar Inc.

San Jose, CA – August 1, 2013 – Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ:BBNK), whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices located nationwide, announced today that it recently provided Principal Solar, Inc. (OTC Pink:PSI; OTC:PSWW) with a long term $5 million loan to assist in the purchase of assets.

“Since their start in 2010, Principal Solar has had an exciting growth story and Bridge Bank is thrilled to be partnering with them,” said Scott Reising, senior vice president in Bridge Bank’s Energy and Infrastructure Group. “We were able to provide appreciation of the long term value of the 3MW solar power plant asset in Tennessee by taking the time to develop a thorough understanding of their business model and growth strategy. Due to this understanding, we felt confident in providing a customized solution that allowed Principal Solar to immediately begin acquiring assets,” he added.

"The 3MW Tennessee transaction is just the beginning of our unique roll-up strategy to create the world's first distributed solar utility, and exemplifies the PSI plan to acquire projects of significant size and scope,” said Michael Gorton, president and chief executive officer of Principal Solar, Inc. “With the help of Bridge Bank’s experienced project finance team, who worked quickly to understand the complexity of our model and the value of the asset in this transaction, we are well-positioned as we engage in ongoing discussions with large developers and investment partners that are expected to result in multiple acquisitions. There is significant market receptivity to our approach which leverages solar energy as a good investment opportunity,” he added.

About Principal Solar

Principal Solar, Inc. is a publicly traded solar energy holding company executing a unique roll-up strategy to create the world's first distributed solar utility. PSI concentrates its resources on the acquisition, finance, development and management of solar power companies. The Principal Solar Institute, an educational organization created by Principal Solar, Inc., is dedicated to spreading solar knowledge to the critical stakeholders in the ongoing energy debate. Visit www.PrincipalSolar.com.

About Bridge Bank, National Association

Recognized by SNL Financial on their 2012’s Top 100 Performing Banks with assets between $500 million and $5 billion, and designated “Superior” by BauerFinancial and IDC, Bridge Bank is a full-service professional business bank founded in the highly competitive climate of Silicon Valley in 2001. From the very beginning, our goal has been to offer small-market and middle-market businesses from across many industries a better way to bank. We provide a surprisingly broad range of financial solutions, enabling us to meet our clients’ varied needs across all stages — from inception to IPO and beyond. It’s how we go about doing so that differentiates us from our competition. Bridge Bank's product offering includes growth capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities and treasury management solutions, along with a full line of international products and services and financing secured by domestic, government and foreign receivables. Bridge Bank’s Energy and Infrastructure Group ("EIG”) offers a full complement of debt financing, advisory, and banking services to developers of commercial and small-scale utility renewable energy generation facilities across the country. EIG assists clients in getting their projects ‘off the drawing board’ and on the path to installation and operations.

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About Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings is the holding company for Bridge Bank, National Association. Bridge Capital Holdings was formed on October 1, 2004 and holds a Global Select listing on the NASDAQ stock market under the trading symbol BBNK. Bridge Bank Holding Company was recently admitted to Sandler O’Neill’s Class of 2012 “Sm-All Stars” – a select group of 25 top-performing publicly traded banks and thrifts from throughout the U.S. with market capitalization of up to $2 billion. For additional information, visit the Bridge Capital Holdings website at www.bridgecapitalholdings.com.

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