Western Wind signs Module Supply Agreement for Puerto Rico project
VANCOUVER (Scrap Monster): Western Wind Energy Corp.(OTCQX -- WNDEF), has announced that it has signed a Module Supply Agreement (MSA) with a leading international, multi-billion dollar photo voltaic panel manufacturer for 42 MW DC (30 MW AC) for its Yabucoa Project located in Puerto Rico.
The panels have been delivered and Western Wind Energy has taken ownership and possession of the panels, prior to the December 31st, 2011 year-end therefore, qualifying and exceeding the minimum 5% safe harbor provision of Section 1603 of the American Recovery Re-Investment Act. ("ARRA").This transaction enables Western Wind Energy to be eligible for the 30% US Federal Tax Free Cash Grant which is estimated to be approximately US $45 million.
In addition to the US $45 million tax-free cash grant, Western Wind also qualifies for an additional US $64 million of Puerto Rican investment tax credits, which are both marketable and monetize-able.
These two sums total US $109 million of additional benefit that is over and above the plus US $100 million Western Wind has received and will be receiving for the Kingman and Windstar Projects, respectively.
The Module Supply Agreement was secured by a US $12 million loan that will be repaid with the project finance proceeds led by Rabobank (New York office). There is a finder's fee of 5% payable to the finder of this transaction, payable in either cash or shares, in both cases, not exceeding $600,000.
Western Wind is a vertically integrated renewable energy production company that currently owns 165 MW of rated solar and wind capacity in production in the States of California and Arizona.
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