"This project brought more than 300 construction jobs and additional permanent positions," said Gary Hardke, Cannon’s president and managing director. "New roads also help area farmers and ranchers, and wind turbine leases generate income and a much needed financial cushion for many area families. With the significant revenue and opportunities for the local community, it’s a win-win for everyone."
With a total investment of over $1 billion, Windy Point/Windy Flats will be completed in just 18 months at a time when many projects are struggling to get financing and bring renewable energy online. When completed, it will be one of the largest wind farms in the nation and will produce enough wind power and clean electricity for over 250,000 households per year.
Last month Cannon closed a $178 million financing deal with Siemens Financial Services, Inc. to help fund an expansion of the project. The power is being purchased by the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) under an innovative arrangement involving SCPPA’s pre-payment of a 20-year block of power with the proceeds of tax-exempt bond issuance of over $500 million. SCPPA will also receive an option to purchase the project after five years.
Federal stimulus dollars come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed by President Obama in February 2009. The Act allows developers of alternative energy projects to apply for a grant totaling up to 30 percent of the eligible costs of a project. Grants are available for projects that able to qualify during 2009 or 2010.
Celebrating 30 years as renewable energy pioneers, San Diego-based Cannon Power Group has developed, constructed, operated, and maintained more than 30 utility-scale wind energy projects in the U.S., India, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.