Hunton & Williams LLP Assists Cannon Power Group to expand Windy Point/Windy Flats wind power project

Hunton & Williams LLP is pleased to announce it has assisted Cannon Power Group, a San Diego-based renewable energy pioneer, in securing a Section 1603 Treasury cash grant through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The funds will be used for the expansion of Cannon’s landmark Windy Point/Windy Flats wind energy projects, one of the largest wind farm projects in the United States.

The grant is another milestone in the development of Windy Point/Windy Flats over the past six years. To date, Cannon’s total investment in the projects exceeds $1 billion.

The ARRA grant will go towards the purchase of wind turbines to be used for wind power generation and other project costs. This will also enable the expansion of the wind power project from 400 to 500 megawatts (MW). Cannon previously closed a $178 million financing deal with Siemens Financial Services, Inc. in October 2009 for a 60 MW expansion of the project. Cannon, a leading wind farm developer, currently has over 3000 MW under development in western North America and Europe.

Cannon was represented by Hunton & Williams attorneys Thomas B. Trimble, David S. Lowman, Jr., Jeremy R. Schwer, John D. Bryant, and Timothy L. Jacobs. Trimble and his team worked alongside Cannon Power General Counsel Michael Toke throughout the grant process.

The Hunton & Williams renewable energy team consists of dedicated, internationally qualified lawyers with experience in such key areas as project finance, international banking, energy and natural resources regulation. The practice group has acted on several wind farm projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Greece. It previously represented Cannon Power in securing the $178 million financing deal for Windy Point/Windy Flats wind projects with Siemens Financial Services, Inc.

Gamesa will supply wind turbines to all wind farms that Cannon Power Group develops in the Mexican state of Baja California and will also provide development support through its wind farm division.

Gamesa and Developer Cannon Power have agreed to a 10-year exclusivity agreement, stipulating that Gamesa will supply all of the wind turbines installed at wind farm sites developed by Cannon in the Mexico’s Baja California.

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