Clipper Windpower Plc (“Clipper”) today announced that the first Clipper Liberty wind turbines to be installed internationally have been backed by an $80.66 million project financing loan by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The transaction also marks Ex-Im Bank’s first project financing for wind power. The project owner is Electrica del Valle de Mexico, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles (“EDF EN”).
The financing provides funding for 67.5 MW of Clipper Liberty 2.5 MW wind turbines. Once installed at the project site in La Ventosa, within the Istmo region in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, the 27 Liberty wind turbines will supply clean, renewable power to establishments owned by subsidiaries of Wal-Mart de Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. beginning in 2009.
“We are delighted to see the Liberty turbine being recognized by a growing number of financial institutions,” said Doug Pertz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clipper. “We view this financing as a very positive indication of the growing acceptance in the reliability and performance of the Liberty wind turbine. It is also exciting to see the Liberty turbine taking the lead in an important emerging market.”
Financing for additional Clipper Liberty projects were attained earlier this year, including financing for the Milford wind energy project in Utah, as well as three projects which total 202 MW of which Clipper turbines comprise 145 MW. Clipper’s 2.5 MW Liberty is the largest wind turbine built in the United States, and has over 50% U.S. content – more than any other utility-scale wind turbine currently deployed in the U.S. The Liberty fleet is deployed in 17 projects throughout the U.S., with a total of more than 440 turbines representing over 1,100 MW in operation.
The wind turbines were built at Clipper’s 330,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Clipper’s 2.5 MW Liberty is the largest wind turbine built in the Americas.
Clipper Windpower Plc, is a company engaged in wind energy technology, turbine manufacturing, and wind project development. The Company designs advanced wind turbines, manufactures its 2.5 MW Liberty wind turbine, and actively develops wind power generating projects in the Americas and Europe. Clipper’s primary offices are in the United Kingdom and in California, USA. The Company’s 330,000 square foot manufacturing and assembly facility, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is ISO9001:2000 QMS Certified. Clipper is a public company listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Clipper’s ticker symbol is CWP.
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