SAN FRANCISCO —
Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”), announced today the successful completion of financing for Cedar Creek Wind, located in Bingham County, Idaho. The 152 MW wind project will generate enough electricity to power 41,000 homes each year. This milestone marks a significant step forward in the development of Idaho’s sustainable wind energy resources.
In connection with the construction of the project, Clearway assembled a bank consortium of Societe Generale (Coordinating Lead Arranger), Crédit Agricole CIB, CoBank, and KeyBanc (Joint Lead Arrangers). The credit facilities provided by these lenders consist of approximately $322 million of construction and equity bridge loans, $37 million of letters of credit, and a $122 million term loan. In addition, Clearway has arranged committed tax equity investment, as well cash equity investment from Clearway Energy, Inc. in the project upon commercial operation, scheduled for 2024.
“We are delighted to announce the successful completion of financing for Cedar Creek Wind,” said Steve Ryder, CFO at Clearway Energy Group. “This milestone signifies a significant investment in Idaho’s energy sector and the expansion of Clearway’s operating fleet footprint in the state. With a long-term power purchase agreement in place, we are poised to deliver clean energy to PacifiCorp’s customers for the next 25 years and create a positive economic impact and quality energy jobs in the region.”
Clearway acquired the wind project from rPlus Energies in 2021 and the project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2024. During construction, the site will create more than 175 jobs and represents a $250 million investment in Idaho’s economy.
Clearway entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp for the Cedar Creek Wind Project. This 25-year agreement will ensure the delivery of clean energy to PacifiCorp’s customers, supporting their commitment to sustainable energy. Clearway’s longstanding relationship with PacifiCorp includes a 549 MW solar and wind portfolio in Utah and a 141 MW wind portfolio in Wyoming, both owned and operated by Clearway.
Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and manage more than 9.6 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 7 gigawatts of operating wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of more than 9 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today. Clearway Energy Group is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Carlsbad, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Houston; and Princeton, N.J. For more information, visit clearwayenergygroup.com.