SunEdison and TerraForm Power Close Acquisition of First Wind

SunEdison First Wind
SunEdison First Wind

SunEdison, Inc.,  the world’s largest renewable energy developer, and TerraForm Power, Inc. , a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants,  today announced that they have completed their previously announced acquisition of First Wind Holdings, LLC.

In the transaction, TerraForm Power purchased 500 MW of operating wind power plants and 21 MW of operating solar power plants from First Wind.  The portfolio has an average counterparty credit rating of A- and brings the weighted average remaining PPA life to 16 years for the entire TerraForm fleet. The portfolio is expected to add $73 million of cash available for distribution (CAFD) in 2015. TerraForm Power reiterates its 2015 guidance of $214 million of CAFD and dividends of $1.30 per share.

SunEdison purchased the equity interests of First Wind and certain of its subsidiaries, thereby acquiring a leading wind development and asset management platform. The acquisition provides SunEdison with an additional 8 GW of development-stage projects, of which 1.0 GW consists of PTC-eligible wind project pipeline and backlog, and 0.6 GW of solar project pipeline and backlog. Since the acquisition announcement, SunEdison has secured wind turbines that increase the number of PTC-eligible wind projects from 1.0 GW to 2.6 GW.

At the time of the acquisition announcement, SunEdison raised its 2015 installation guidance by 29% to 2.1-2.3 GW, and raised its 2016 installation outlook to 2.8-3.0 GW. The visibility provided by First Wind’s 8 GW of projects will continue to drive the growth of both SunEdison and TerraForm.

“With the acquisition of First Wind, SunEdison becomes the leading renewable energy developer in the world,” said Ahmad Chatila, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison. “This acquisition enhances SunEdison’s global offering and adds a talented wind development and asset management team. By combining SunEdison’s leading solar development platform with First Wind’s platform, SunEdison is well positioned to drive significant growth in global renewable energy markets, and deliver immediate shareholder value.”

“This transformative transaction increases our scale and further establishes TerraForm Power’s leadership in renewable energy. It diversifies our portfolio to include contracted wind assets, increases our drop down inventory by 93% to 3.3 GW, and demonstrates our ability to acquire large high-quality, long-term, contracted portfolios from third parties,” said Carlos Domenech, President and Chief Executive Officer of TerraForm Power. “Backed by SunEdison and First Wind’s development and service capabilities, we are well positioned to execute on our growth trajectory while creating significant value for investors.”

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