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TerraForm Power Announces First Acquisition of Third-Party Solar Assets

  • Buys Hudson Energy Solar Corporation With SunEdison
  • TerraForm Gains 25.5 MW Operating Portfolio and 4.5 MW Backlog Goes to SunEdison

BELTSVILLE, Md., Oct. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TerraForm Power Inc. (Nasdaq:TERP), a global owner and operator of renewable energy power plants, today announced that it will acquire the operating portfolio of Hudson Energy Solar Corporation, a solar project developer that owns and operates solar assets for schools, school districts, and commercial and industrial customers. Hudson Energy Solar is a subsidiary of Just Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:JE), one of the largest competitive green energy retailers in North America, with over 4.7 million customers.

TerraForm Power is partnering with SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE), a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, to purchase the company, which will be split between them. The 101 projects comprising Hudson's operating portfolio of approximately 25.5 MWp will go to TerraForm Power while its 4.5 MWp development pipeline will be acquired by SunEdison and added to TerraForm Power's call right project list. Just Energy Group will also provide TerraForm Power with a right-of-first-offer agreement to acquire new operating solar projects built for Just Energy's commercial and industrial customers in four states: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

"This acquisition demonstrates TerraForm Power's ability to execute our growth strategy and acquire third-party commercial and industrial projects in the U.S.," said Carlos Domenech, chief executive officer and president of TerraForm Power. "We believe this market will provide considerable value to us for the foreseeable future and the attractive economics of this transaction – an expected first-year cash-on-cash return of 14 percent – bear out that point of view."

TerraForm Power will provide upfront consideration of approximately $35 million to acquire the assets, including cash consideration to Just Energy Group and debt repayment; approximately $21 million of project level debt will be assumed with the portfolio. The transaction is expected to provide TerraForm Power with approximately $5.1 million in cash available for distribution (CAFD) in 2015 and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2014.

About TerraForm Power

TerraForm Power (Nasdaq:TERP) is a renewable energy leader that is changing how energy is generated, distributed and owned. TerraForm Power creates value for its investors by owning and operating renewable energy power plants. For more information about TerraForm Power, please visit: http://www.terraform.com.

About SunEdison

SunEdison is a global leader in transforming how energy is generated, distributed and owned. SunEdison manufactures solar technology and develops, finances, installs and operates distributed solar power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity and services to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison also provides 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services for hundreds of solar systems worldwide via the company's Renewable Operation Center (ROC). SunEdison has offices in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. SunEdison's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SUNE."

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements, including that Hudson's operating portfolio will go to TerraForm Power and the development portfolio will be acquired by SunEdison, the expected cash-on cash return of the transaction and cash available for distribution in 2015 for TerraForm Power, the consideration to be paid and the project-level debt to be assumed, and that the transaction is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2014. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include delays or interruptions in construction of power plants; the timely availability of required permits and authorizations for projects from governmental entities and third parties; changes in applicable regulatory requirements and incentives for production of solar power; and other risks described in the filings of SunEdison and TerraForm Power with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent the companies' judgment as of the date of this press release. The companies disclaim, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: TerraForm Power Contact Information Media: Anne Granfield TerraForm Power anne.granfield@finsbury.com +1 (646) 805-2033 Investors/Analysts: Brett Prior TerraForm Power bprior@terraform.com +1 (650) 889-8628 SunEdison Contact Information Media: Tory Carroll SunEdison SunEdison@grayling.com +1 (619) 269-9518 Investors/Analysts: R. Phelps Morris SunEdison pmorris@sunedison.com +1 (314) 770-7325

Source:TerraForm Power, Inc.