EANS-News: PNE WIND AG: US subsidiary concludes joint venture with Renewable Solutions

 Joint venture aims to develop wind farm projects of more than 300 MW  Focus on highly attractive wind regions in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

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Cuxhaven (euro adhoc) - Cuxhaven, September 8, 2009 - The wind-farm developer PNE WIND AG (ISIN: DE000A0JBPG2) is accelerating its international expansion strategy. The company signed a joint venture agreement for the future cooperation between its subsidiary PNE WIND USA, Inc. and the US company Renewable Solutions. Together the joint venture partners are planning to develop more than 300 MW of wind-farm projects located in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. In total, the investment volume is expected to amount to approximately $600 million. PNE WIND AG has budgeted development costs of $1,000,000 for 2009 and 2010. The commissioning of the first wind-farm under this agreement (30 MW) is planned for 2010.

The joint venture is to be organized as a Delaware limited liability company, which will serve as a holding company for wholly-owned project companies. The company will market and sell the wind-farm projects directly to utility providers or other suitable off-takers. In order to provide the best solutions possible to meet investor´s needs, the company will offer both so-called "Asset Sales Agreements" ("ASA") as well as "Build Transfer Agreements" ("BTA"). Within the joint venture Renewable Solutions will provide planning, development, construction and operations services related to the wind-farms. PNE WIND will act as co-developer and provide its extensive know how in sales, financing, procurement of wind mills and construction management.

The President of Renewable Solutions is Mark Eilers, one of the pioneers in the US wind industry with 15 years of experience and an extensive network in the electric power industry. Kelly Lloyd, General Manager of PNE WIND USA, Inc. considers the future cooperation as an important milestone in tapping the US market: "We found an excellent partner for expanding our activities in the United States. Mark Eilers has tried-and-tested experience and expertise in all areas of the business from his various positions in the industry." Most recently Mr. Eilers was President of Clear Wind LLC. Before that, he was working at GE Energy as a Director of Origination, where he was responsible for the development of GE´s regional sales strategy. Mark Eilers successfully managed the sale of wind and gas turbines in the volume of $ 3 billion.

"The joint venture will focus on the northern Midwest of the USA, a highly
attractive area for wind-farm projects. Among experts, the region is also known
as the Saudi Arabia of wind energy", comments Mark Eilers on the geographic
emphasis of the cooperation. In addition, he underlines the growing importance
of wind energy in the United States. "In 2008, wind power already accounted for
42% of all new electricity generating capacity built in the USA. Given the
tremendous know how combined in the joint venture, I am highly confident that we
will benefit from the arising market opportunities."

Roland Stanze, President of PNE WIND USA, Inc., summarizes the advantages of the
cooperation: "Two strong partners join forces with this agreement. We are
planning to jointly develop wind-farms with more than 300 MW and a total market
value of $600 million. This clearly shows the earning potential implied."

Martin Billhardt, CEO of PNE WIND AG, says: "We are very delighted to have
achieved our first joint venture in the USA. The colleagues have done a great
job in the last weeks in finalizing the negotiations!" 

Company profile

PNE WIND AG with its headquarters in Cuxhaven plans and implements wind-farm projects on land (onshore) and also at high sea (offshore). In this context, its central competence is developing, projecting, implementing and financing wind-farms and their operation or sale with subsequent service. Up to now, the company has built 92 wind-farms with 535 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 770 MW.

Alongside the business activity on the established German home market, PNE WIND AG is also increasingly investing in dynamic growth markets and has representations via joint ventures in Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Great Britain, Ireland, Romania and Canada. Wind-farm projects with an installed capacity of up to 1,400 MW are currently under development in these countries and are to be built in the medium term. In addition, a subsidiary has been founded in the USA. In Germany (onshore), wind-farm projects with an installed capacity of more than 300 MW are currently under development.

Furthermore, PNE WIND AG develops offshore wind-farm projects, three of which have already been approved in German waters. Entering promising foreign markets is also being examined for the offshore area.

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