McDermott Represents sPower’s Successful Closing of Debt and Tax Equity Financing for South Dakota Wind Farm


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery’s client, sPower, an AES and AIMCo company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, has secured over $500 million in financing for its Prevailing Wind Park in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson Countries in South Dakota. This 218 MW project will be sPower’s largest project to-date and the largest single asset financing in the company’s history. Electricity generated by the facility will be sold to a utility under a 30-year power purchase agreement. The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 90,000 average South Dakota homes.

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About sPower
sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the US. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.5 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between the AES Corporation, a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.

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