Algonquin buys Goldwind US wind farm for $148m

Canada’s Algonquin Power & Utilities (APUC) has purchased an Illinois wind farm from China’s Goldwind for $148.9m.

The Shady Oaks facility has a generating capacity of 109.5MW and reached commercial operation last June.

It is supported by a 20-year, inflation-linked power purchase agreement with Commonwealth Edison.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (“APUC”) (TSX: AQN) today announced that an affiliate of Algonquin Power Co. (“APCo”), APUC’s non-regulated power generation subsidiary, has acquired a 109.5 MW contracted wind powered generating station (“Shady Oaks”) from Goldwind International SO Limited (“Goldwind”) for total consideration to all stakeholders of approximately US$148.9 million.

The Shady Oaks wind power facility is located in Northern Illinois, approximately 80 km west of Chicago, Illinois and reached commercial operation in June 2012. Total annual energy production is expected to be 364 GW-hrs per year. The Shady Oaks wind facility has entered into a 20 year inflation indexed power purchase agreement with the largest electric utility in the state of Illinois, Commonwealth Edison (BBB flat stable: Moody’s, S&P). The facility is comprised of 68 Goldwind GW82 1.5MW and 3 Goldwind GW100 2.5MW permanent magnet direct-drive wind turbines; these turbines are well suited for the wind regime, and offer significant technological advantages providing proven reliability, enhanced energy production efficiency and lower long term maintenance costs. Through its affiliate, Goldwind has assumed all operations, maintenance, and capital repair responsibilities for the Shady Oaks wind facility pursuant to a 20 year fixed price agreement.

“The acquisition of the Shady Oaks wind farm provides additional geographic diversification to our renewable power portfolio and the 20 year power sales contract further strengthens the stable, long term profile of our non-regulated power business,” commented Ian Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of APUC. “The acquisition of Shady Oaks provides a strong start to 2013 as we look to build on successes of last year delivering value accretive growth for our shareholders.”

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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. owns and operates a diversified $2.8 billion portfolio of regulated and non-regulated utilities in North America. The company’s regulated utility business provides water, electricity and natural gas utility services to more than 335,000 customers through its nationwide portfolio of regulated generation, transmission and distribution utility systems. The company’s non-regulated electric generation subsidiary owns or has interests in renewable energy and thermal energy facilities representing more than 1,000 MW of installed capacity. Algonquin delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable power and clean energy projects, organic growth within its regulated utilities and the pursuit of accretive acquisition opportunities. Common shares and preferred shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN and AQN.PR.A respectively. Visit Algonquin Power and Utilities at