Pattern Energy kicks 150-MW Amazon Wind project in Indiana into operation

Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGI) (TSX: PEG) announced Jan. 19 that construction has been completed for the 150-MW Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge in Benton County, Indiana, and that this project is now fully operational.

The facility will sell 100% of the electricity produced to Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will supply the electricity to the electric grids that service its datacenters.

All of Pattern Energy’s 16 wind power facilities are now fully operational, the company noted. This project increases Pattern Energy’s total operational capacity to 2,282 MW.

“It’s a privilege to team with AWS on the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, demonstrating the strong and growing appetite for wind power from the country’s leading corporations,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy. “This facility was completed on schedule and we are beginning 2016 with all 16 of our wind power facilities fully operational. Since our IPO we have grown the portfolio by 119%, underscoring the value of our strategic relationship with Pattern Development and our ability to execute attractive third-party acquisitions. Our strong platform of fully-contracted power facilities, combined with our identified ROFO acquisitions pipeline totaling 1,270 MW, puts Pattern Energy in an excellent position to continue growing its fleet and quarterly dividend.”

“AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint, and we continue to make progress towards this goal,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President, Infrastructure at AWS. “We’re very excited to announce with Pattern Energy that the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge is now live and producing electricity, bringing a new source of clean energy to the grids that power our datacenters.”

The Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge consists of 65 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines. The turbine blades, nacelles, towers, and transformers were manufactured in the United States.

“Siemens is proud that workers at our factories in the Midwest produced the turbines for the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, which continues an exciting trend of technology companies and major corporations turning to wind power for their energy needs. As wind becomes an increasingly important part of our nation’s energy mix, we are pleased to partner once again with Pattern Energy to deliver sustainable and affordable wind energy,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division.

An average of 175 workers were on site during construction, which was managed by Mortenson Construction, with up to 300 workers on site during peak construction activity. There are ten full-time permanent workers to operate and maintain the facility.

Pattern Energy has an owned interest of 116 MW and institutional tax equity investors have acquired the balance. The facility is financed with all equity rather than project debt.

Pattern Energy acquired the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) in April 2015. Pattern Energy has rights of first offer to Pattern Development’s entire project development pipeline, which totals more than 5,900 MW.

Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 16 wind power facilities with a total owned interest of 2,282 MW in the United States, Canada and Chile that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy’s wind power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business.

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