Itochu Takes Equity Stake in Okla. Wind Farm

Japanese industrial group Itochu has joined GE Energy Financial Services as an equity investor in the $319 million, 152-megawatt Keenan II wind farm in Oklahoma. 

As part of the transaction Itochu will invest about $26 million in Keenan II, or about 40 percent of  GE Energy’s initial  $65 million investment announced earlier this year.

Last Spring GE and Itochu forged an investment partnership to support wind and other renewable energy projects in the U.S. and abroad. A GE spokesman tells G.E.R. that other investments supporting U.S. projects are in the pipeline.

As previously reported developer CPV is funding the rest of the project with company equity and a $212 million loan arranged by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Union Bank. Participating banks also include Key Bank, Helaba, LBBW, Natixis and Rabo Bank.

Keenan II is backed by a 20-year power purchase agreement and is slated to go live at the end of the year.

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