Invenergy lines up financing for 200-MW Buckeye Wind project in Kansas

Invenergy Wind LLC said May 15 that it has arranged debt and tax equity project financing for its 200-MW Buckeye Wind Energy Center, which currently is under construction in Ellis County, Kansas.

Morgan Stanley Senior Funding Inc. and its affiliates acted as the Sole Lead Arranger, Administrative Agent, and Lender for the construction financing. Tax equity commitments were provided by financial institutions. Details were not disclosed.

Buckeye is located near the city of Hays, approximately 200 miles northwest of Wichita. The facility will consist of General Electric 1.79-MW wind turbines. Commercial operation is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of this year. A significant portion of the project output will be sold to Lincoln Electric System in Lincoln, Nebraska, under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.

“We’re pleased to have reached financial close for Invenergy’s first power generation project in Kansas, one of the nation’s top ten states for installed wind,” said Jim Murphy, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Invenergy. “The combination of the state-of-the-art GE turbines and our excellent wind resource at Buckeye Wind enables Invenergy to offer exceptionally attractive pricing to our customers. In addition, this is the fourth wind project financing that we’ve completed with Morgan Stanley, one of our key relationship banks.”

Blattner Energy is the project’s civil and mechanical contractor, while Henkels & McCoy, EPC Services, and Par Electrical are the contractors for the electrical collection, substation, and transmission line, respectively.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in North America and Europe. IInvenergy’s home office is in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 9,000 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 75 wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities.

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