BOISE, IDAHO--(Marketwired - Jan. 31, 2017) - U.S. Geothermal Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE MKT:HTM), a leading and profitable renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has increased the size of the Board from seven to eight Members. Additionally, the Board has appointed Ali G. Hedayat as an Independent Director to its Board of Directors, effective February 1, 2017. With over 20 years of investment banking experience, Mr. Hedayat brings extensive experience and broad knowledge in the areas of finance, M&A and corporate governance.

"We are very pleased to welcome Ali to U.S. Geothermal's Board of Directors," said John Walker, Chairman of the Board. "We believe this accomplished executive's vast experience in finance and M&A will provide invaluable perspective as we build on our strong momentum to improve the company. We remain focused on investing in our growth to create long-term value for our shareholders."

Dennis Gilles, Chief Executive Officer, noted, "I am excited to have this outstanding and accomplished Independent Director join our Board and believe he will help achieve our goal of generating superior value for our shareholders. I look forward to working with Ali, the Board of Directors and the Management Team to accelerate our positive momentum."

Mr. Hedayat is the founder and Managing Director of Maryana Capital in Toronto, Canada. He previously co-founded Edoma Capital in London, was a Partner at Indus Capital in London, and worked for the Goldman Sachs Group in New York and London as a Managing Director and Co-head of Americas Principal Strategies. Mr. Hedayat currently serves as a Director for Restaurant Brands International Inc., and has previously served as a Director for companies in the cable, pharmaceutical and media industries. Mr. Hedayat holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honors, earning a double major in Finance and Economics from McGill University. His qualifications to serve as a Director of the Company include over 20 years of investment banking experience with an emphasis in power, utilities, and distressed debt and equity in European, North American and Latin American markets.

About U.S. Geothermal Inc.:

U.S. Geothermal Inc. is a leading and profitable renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy. The company is currently operating geothermal power projects at Neal Hot Springs, Oregon, San Emidio, Nevada and Raft River, Idaho for a total power generation of approximately 45 MWs. The company is also developing an additional 90 MWs of projects at: the Geysers, California; a second phase project at San Emidio, Nevada; at Crescent Valley, Nevada; and the El Ceibillo project located near Guatemala City, Guatemala. U.S. Geothermal's growth goal is to reach 200 MWs of generation by 2021 through a combination of internal development and strategic acquisitions.

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Scott Anderson
Director of IR and Corporate Communications
U.S. Geothermal Inc.
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