Juhl Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: JUHL) , a leading provider of clean energy solutions and a leader in community wind power development, announced today that the Company has completed its previously announced acquisition of two operating wind farms in Iowa. The $4 million acquisition closed on August 11th, 2014, and the wind projects are now wholly-owned by Juhl Energy.
The two GE XLE 1.62 MW wind turbines are located in North Central Iowa near the towns of Manley and Kensett. The wind turbines are installed on private farmland approximately 10 miles apart from each other and have been commercially operating since 2011.
“This transaction underscores our ongoing commitment to building our residual, independent power production business made up of wind farms today and other forms of renewable energy in the future,” stated John Mitola, President of Juhl Energy. “We believe that building our asset ownership and operating division, with its predictable revenue and cash flow, is the foundation for the ongoing strength of our Company. These two Iowa projects are representative of the hundreds of projects under 50 MWs –the market sector where Juhl stands head and shoulders above others in its ability to own, operate and maintain such assets.”
“The Iowa projects are being acquired with bank financing and our Juhl Renewable Asset, Inc. preferred stock,” continued Mitola. “Currently our JRAI Preferred stock is only available to accredited investors who have an existing relationship with the Company. Our JRAI subsidiary is similar to many of the ‘yieldcos’ that have recently received attention in the market, and it is paying a 9% yield reliably since inception. Juhl and our JRAI subsidiary now own four wind projects totaling approximately 25 megawatts. We maintain our long-term goal of building ownership capacity and hope to progress to management’s stated goal of up to 200 megawatts – which would represent energy production assets with an initial installed cost of approximately $400 million. We believe we can get there by adding small projects alongside medium-sized projects one step at a time over the next few years.”
“For years we have been approached by interested parties we knew who were looking for opportunities to invest directly in our renewable energy projects – so in 2011 we created our JRAI Preferred Stock. We believe with the creation of our JRAI Preferred equity vehicle, we have shown that we can secure assets more quickly, with a competitive cost of capital, while providing our JRAI Preferred investors with a solid annual yield on their investment,” added Mitola.
ABOUT JUHL ENERGY, INC.
Juhl Energy is an established leader in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions and community-based wind power development, ownership and management throughout the United States and Canada. Juhl Energy pioneered community-based wind farms, developing the currently accepted financial, operational and legal structure providing local ownership of medium-to-large scale wind farms in rural America. To date, the Company has completed 23 wind farm projects totaling 240 MW and provides operations management and oversight across the portfolio. Juhl Energy services every aspect of wind farm development from full development and ownership, general consultation, construction management and system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy also provides a broad range of clean energy solutions.
Juhl Energy operates three primary business segments: renewable energy development, renewable power plant ownership, and energy and telecommunications services. Through its Juhl Energy Development Inc. (JEDI) subsidiary, the Company provides medium and large-scale wind, solar, and cogeneration energy development services. With its acquisitions of the Iowa projects mentioned above, Valley View, Winona County and Woodstock Hills wind farms; the Company, through its subsidiaries JRAI and Juhl Energy Development, Inc. now own and operates approximately 25 MWs of wind power. Through its wind farm operations subsidiary, Juhl Energy Services, Inc. (JESI), the Company performs maintenance and management services to over 100 MW of operating wind farms. The acquisition of Power Engineers Collaborative, enables the Company to provide a full range of engineering services to the utility industry and for central plant energy systems. JE also provides full sales and service to smaller, on-site wind and solar projects through its Juhl Renewable Energy Systems division. JE leverages the Company’s deep experience with wind towers to also provide cell and radio tower services through its Juhl Tower Services division. Juhl Energy is based in Pipestone, Minnesota and has offices inChicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee. Juhl Energy is traded on the OTCQB under the symbol ‘JUHL’