SAN DIEGO, (January 8, 2013): EDF Renewables, formerly enXco, today announced that the 102.5 megawatt Shiloh IV Wind Project, located in Solano County, California, became operational on December 21, 2012. The company further announced the close of financing for the project via a sale-leaseback transaction with Union Bank of California Leasing, Inc., a subsidiary of Union Bank.
The project, developed and owned by EDF Renewables, will deliver carbon-free electricity into the CAISO transmission system for the benefit of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (NYSE: PCG) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
Consisting of 50 REpower MM92 turbines, Shiloh IV generates clean electricity sufficient to supply approximately 40,000 average homes. It represents the largest operational wind repowering project in the country, whereby older wind technology installed in the late 1980s was replaced with modern technology, allowing for a ten-fold increase in clean electricity generated with 22 percent fewer wind turbines. EDF Renewables, formerly enXco Service Corporation, will provide operations and maintenance services.
“EDF Renewables recognizes and appreciates the hard work of our partners, in particular Pacific Gas and Electric and Union Bank which has resulted in a wind project that offers important economic and environmental benefits to Solano County,” commented Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewables. “The Shiloh IV project underscores the importance of technical innovation in the wind industry and its continued progress. As well it demonstrates our ability to identify the optimal financing solution for each individual project. We extend our appreciation to Union Bank for their commendable effort and collaboration, which marks the third financing arrangement between our companies in 2012.”
EDF Renewables has successfully closed more than $5 billion in financing facilities over the last 10 years and an unprecedented $1.6 billion in 2012 alone.
Lance Markowitz, Senior Vice President and Head of the Leasing and Asset Finance Division at Union Bank stated, “Union Bank is extremely pleased to support EDF Renewables through the structuring and underwriting of the Shiloh IV lease financing. The project is a testament to the EDF RE team given its efficient generation attractively situated between the Bay Area and Sacramento. We are particularly excited to be involved given that Shiloh IV serves such a key portion of Union Bank’s footprint.”
“Shiloh IV demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide PG&E’s customers with sustainable green power today and as California marches forward into a clean energy future,” said Fong Wan, Senior Vice President of Energy Procurement for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. “PG&E delivers some of the cleanest energy in the nation to our customers, more than half of which comes from sources which are carbon free. We look forward to continuing to work with EDF Renewables on vital renewable energy projects that will help push California closer to its 33 percent renewable energy goal.”