SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants, today announced that SunEdison had purchased new turbines that will enable SunEdison to develop up to 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of incremental wind energy projects which qualify for the U.S. federal production tax credit (PTC). TerraForm will purchase the projects from SunEdison once they achieve commercial operation.
On November 17, 2014, SunEdison and TerraForm announced that they had signed a definitive agreement to acquire First Wind for $2.4 billion. The purchase included over 1.6 GW of pipeline and backlog projects of which 1.4 GW were already PTC and or ITC qualified projects and an additional 6.4 GW of project development opportunities.
“The purchase of these PTC qualified wind turbines will further enhance our renewable energy development engine and increase its already impressive growth trajectory,” said Ahmad Chatila, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison. “The acquisition of First Wind accelerates our ability to capitalize on the attractive growth opportunities in the global wind power markets. We planned for the most conservative case – that the PTC was not extended. However, when a two week extension of the PTC was created, we moved very quickly and secured the 2014 purchase of top-tier turbines. The ability to capitalize on this opportunity is a testament to our strategy and to the dynamic capabilities we have created by integrating First Wind’s development and operational capabilities with SunEdison’s global corporate infrastructure and renewable energy development and finance experience.”
“The addition of 1.6 GW of wind energy projects will cement TerraForm’s position as one of the leading renewable energy asset owners in the world,” said Carlos Domenech, President and Chief Executive Officer of TerraForm. “Our diversified growth strategy is delivering compelling results.”
Mr. Chatila added: “Following the closing of the First Wind acquisition we will have created an incredible platform for growth: a competitive source of development capital, the ability to convert development assets into operating assets rapidly and cost effectively, and a world class asset management company in TerraForm.”
The acquisition of First Wind is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015, subject to usual and customary conditions and regulatory approvals.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.