GE, MetLife and Union Bank Invest Nearly $247 Million in Wind Capital
Group’s Kansas Wind Farm Powered by GE Turbines
WICHITA, Kan. -- December 03, 2012
A group comprising GE (NYSE: GE) unit GE Energy Financial Services,
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife,
Inc. (NYSE: MET), and Union Bank, N.A., has invested nearly $247 million in
Wind Capital Group’s recently commissioned 201-megawatt Post Rock wind farm.
Wind Capital Group, supported by its parent company, NTR plc, maintains a
substantial equity stake and serves as managing member of the project, located
80 miles outside Wichita, Kansas, in Ellsworth and Lincoln Counties.
Additional details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to be working with this well-established investor group
and look forward to working together in the future. They each played an
integral role in making the project a success,” Wind Capital Group Chief
Executive Officer David Boyce said today.
Michael McNicholas, Chief Executive Officer of NTR plc, added, “Support from
this group of investors has been critical to the success of Post Rock and
underscores the importance and commercial viability of renewable energy
projects. This is an important milestone for Wind Capital Group, and for NTR,
which has identified renewable energy as core to our future growth strategy.”
In addition to providing 134 of its workhorse 1.5-megawatt machines – the
world’s most widely deployed wind turbine – GE is providing operations and
maintenance services for Post Rock. The project is selling its electricity to
Westar Energy, thelargest electric utility in Kansas, under a long term power
purchase agreement. Post Rock is Wind Capital Group’s second facility in
operation using GE’s turbines. Together, the 201-megawatt Post Rock project
and the 150-megawatt Lost Creek wind farm have a capacity to power
approximately 120,000 Midwest homes.
“This project enabled us to expand GE’s already strong industrial partnership
with Wind Capital Group,” said Kevin Walsh, managing director and head of
power and renewable energy at GE Energy Financial Services. “In addition to
our own investment, we are very pleased to partner with MetLife and Union Bank
to round out the equity investor group.”
Post Rock’s benefits are wide-ranging. Wind Capital Group estimates that this
project created approximately 150 jobs, attracted more than $1.5 million in
economic activity for local businesses during development and construction,
provides a new source of revenue for rural Kansans and helps the state meet
its renewable energy portfolio targets. Post Rock is capable of powering more
than 70,000 average homes and displacing about 815,000 tons per year of
greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 145,000 average US cars off
the road, according to US Environmental Protection Agency methodology.
“Investing in the Post Rock wind farm enabled MetLife not only to support an
important renewable energy initiative, but also provide economic development
opportunities to the Wichita area," said Steven J. Goulart, executive vice
president and chief investment officer of MetLife, Inc. "We are proud to
support endeavors like Post Rock, which align with MetLife’s overall
high-quality investment approach and build upon the more than $2.5 billion
we've already invested in renewable energy projects.”
“This is a great example of three entities coming together to help finance an
energy project that will provide clean, affordable power to Kansas residents,”
said Lance Markowitz, Union Bank senior vice president and head of its leasing
and asset finance division. “This is Union Bank’s third wind project in Kansas
and we now have provided financing to more than 60 renewable energy projects
in North America. Our 30-plus years in the energy business helps bring these
types of projects to completion. We’re thrilled to partner with MetLife and
This is GE Energy Financial Services’ third investment in Kansas, following
its 2009 investments in a 201-megawatt wind farm in Meridian Way and a
101-megawatt project in Smoky Hills. It expands the GE unit’s global wind
portfolio, which comprises equity investments and debt financings for projects
spanning 17 US states and five countries, totaling almost 9,800 megawatts in
operation or under construction. GE Energy Financial Services’ wind investing
supports GE’s broader ecomagination strategy to create value for customers by
solving energy, efficiency and water challenges.
CCA Capital, LLC served as financial advisor to MetLife on this transaction.
Neither GE Energy Financial Services nor Union Bank used financial advisors.
About Wind Capital Group
Formed in 2005, Wind Capital Group is an American company committed to
harnessing a clean, renewable source of energy - creating jobs, generating
economic opportunity and building a strong foundation for domestic energy
independence. Wind Capital Group’s model is built on forming responsible
partnerships with the communities in which we operate and providing long-term
value for our investors.
Currently, Wind Capital Group is developing and operating utility-scale wind
farm projects across the U.S. and has offices in St. Louis, Missouri; Madison,
Wisconsin; and Chicago, Illinois. Wind Capital Group is a subsidiary of NTR
For more information about Wind Capital Group, visitwww.windcapitalgroup.com.
NTR plc is a leading investor in renewable energy and sustainable waste
management businesses. Founded in 1978, NTR has evolved from being a developer
and operator of infrastructure in Ireland to an international developer and
operator of renewable energy and sustainable waste management businesses in
the USA and Ireland. For more information, visit www.ntrplc.com.
About GE Energy Financial Services
GE Energy Financial Services—GE’s energy investing business—works as a
builder, not just a banker, to help meet the world’s power and fuel needs.We
offer more than money—expertise—for essential, long-lived and
capital-intensive power, oil and gas infrastructure—GE’s core
business.Drawing on GE’s energy technical know-how, financial strength and
risk management, we see value where others don’t and take on our customers’
toughest challenges with flexible equity and debt transaction
structures.Based in Stamford, Connecticut, GE Energy Financial Services holds
an approximately $20 billion global energy portfolio. More information:
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About GE Power & Water
GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation,
energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges
locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including
renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and
coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced
technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to
water availability and quality. Numerous products are qualified under
ecomagination, GE’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that maximize
resources, drive efficiencies and help make the world work better. Power &
Water’s seven business units include Aeroderivative Gas Turbines; Gas Engines;
Nuclear Energy; Power Generation Services; Renewable Energy; Thermal Products
and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power &
Water is GE’s largest industrial business.
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GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy,
health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and
curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information,
visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and
employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries.
Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market
positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and
the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding
company with assets of $88.2 billion at September 30, 2012. Its primary
subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full service commercial bank providing an
array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market
companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 402 branches in
California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two
international offices, on September 30, 2012. UnionBanCal Corporation is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a
subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud
member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the
world’s largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more
Note to Editors: Caption for Photos: A group comprising GE Energy Financial
Services, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Union Bank has invested
nearly $247 million in Wind Capital Group’s recently commissioned 201-megawatt
Post Rock wind farm, shown here.
Link to Photos:
Wind Capital Group
Tony Wyche, 314-361-4774
GE Energy Financial Services
Andy Katell, 203-961-5773
Peggy Atherlay, 212-578-1525
Joanne Curran, 213-236-5017
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