RENO, Nev., March 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ormat Nevada, Inc., signed an agreement with RET Holdings, LLC to sell the Heber Solar project in Imperial County, California for $35.25 million. Ormat received the first payment of $15 million with the remainder expected to be paid in the second quarter of 2014, subject to fulfillment of certain milestones. As a result of the sale, Ormat will record a pre-tax gain of approximately $7.0 million.
The project, which started development in 2011, has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for 10 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.
"Our goals in the development of the Heber Solar project were to benefit from the synergies between our existing geothermal assets and solar development, to apply our development and experience as engineering, procurement and construction contractor in utility scale solar plants and to develop profitable projects. The development up to this point and the transaction that we have just concluded with RET Holdings allowed us to accomplish all three goals," said Dita Bronicki, chief executive officer of Ormat. "The Heber Solar project, Ormat's first PV project in the U.S., was developed in a cost-effective way. We plan to continue monitoring the solar market and pursue opportunities for developing PV plants in locations where we can offer competitively priced power generation."
"RET is pleased to acquire this high-quality asset and looks forward to growing its business with new and existing asset partners," said John A. Bohn, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RET.
About Ormat Technologies
With over four decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company solely engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (REG). The company owns, operates, designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and REG power plants primarily based on the Ormat Energy Converter - a power generation unit that converts low-, medium- and high-temperature heat into electricity. With over 77 U.S. patents, Ormat's power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 480 employees in the United States and about 640 overseas. Ormat's flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power and REG are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has supplied to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling over 1,750 MW of gross capacity. Ormat's current generating portfolio of 626 MW (net) is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala and Kenya.
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