6/13 Pace Financing will be now be available through WPF's new company, EnergyPace Financing, LLC. The official launch date will be August 31, 2013. EnergyPace will work alongside an established Pace Finance company to provide financing for energy efficiency projects for commercial or industrial property. The More...
5/13 Ken Valley is now to provide financing services to the Pace Financing market. Pace is an excellent method to finance energy efficiency projects for commercial property – solar, lighting, boilers, wind, or any other type of energy efficiency upgrade that can demonstrate costs savings for the owner. We will More...
3/13 Minnesota has cleared through various committees a 1 MW Net Metering Bill that has significant likelihood to become law. The bill allows energy to be produced locally without having an impact on utilities while getting closer to achieving renewable energy goals. Minnesota will join other states creating More...
1/13 Washington has extended for 2013 the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit for renewable energy including wind projects. A positive change is now construction only has to start by end of year versus previously being required to be placed in service by the end of the expiring year which More...
9/12 WindPartners Finance acted as a financial advisor to DeWind on the Kode Novus I Project, which was commissioned in September 2012.
5/12 WindPartners Finance received a contract to analyze and negotiate with various turbine manufacturers for price, availability, and terms for developer. Project is for a single 2.0 MW turbine that will be constructed and commissioned by year end. This is one of the many services WPF is able to provide to not only help decrease project costs but also save developers time.
3/12 WindPartners Finance in the interest of getting younger people interested and knowledgeable about wind energy has started providing outreach to school science class to help them understand wind energy, how it works, and its benefits. This will not only enhance their interest in the science, it will help them understand what is viable to conserve our natural resources.
2/12 WindPartners Finance acted as a financial advisor to DeWind on the Frisco Project, which was commissioned on February 2012.
1/12 WindPartners Finance has increased its program offerings. We have lowered our minimum project size from the previous 1 MW down to 500 KW as the smaller size has become economically feasible and lower operational costs. It is also being anticipated that in the near future there will be a greater More...
1/12 WindPartners Finance has become a member of Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) Federal Policy Committee to assist in promoting favorable Federal and State rules and regulations for the distributed generation industry. WPF will provide its ten plus years of experience from working with More...
12/11 Kenfield Wind Project has received its Final SGIA, with the anticipation of receiving a Power Purchase Agreement in the first quarter of 2012 and then proceeding with construction.
10/11 Senators Al Franken, D-Minn., and Jon Tester, D-Mont introduced the Community Wind Act legislation to continue funding the investment tax credit cash grant (ITC) which expires December, 2011 for projects 20 MW or less. WindPartners Finance is a strong proponent of this legislation that has been More...
10/11 Kenfield Wind Farm has substantially increased their scope of work contract with WPF. WPF is now to manage the remainder of the final development process and sale/partnership of the 10 MW project. WPF will complete final due diligence and negotiations. Construction is expected to be managed by Acterra Group. WPF is in discussions with various investor groups and manufacturers.
6/11 Construction has started on the 20 MW Frisco project that WindPartners Finance assisted with the financing. Commissioning is expected by year end.
6/11 WPF has signed an agreement with a developer to assist in the selling of their 10 MW project. The project located in Montana has an Interconnect, permits, and a Power Purchase Agreement rate that fits well within an investor return requirements. The project will be ready to start for construction 4th quarter, 2011. A memorandum is available if interested in purchasing the project.
5/11 WPF and American Wind have reached an agreement for a LLC partnership to collaborate on various Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) and Reverse Auction Mechanism (RAM) wind projects located in the State of California. There are several sites in final discussions to either build for the landowners or the LLC will retain More...
4/11 WPF has agreement to procure turbine for a one turbine project located in Southern Minnesota. Delivery and Construction is scheduled for start by October, 2011.
3/11 WPF has agreed to provide additional services for a one turbine project in Illinois. WPF will work with the various financial sources and government agencies to provide the best outcome for the financing/equity of the project.
2/11 Acterra Group, and WPF, has agreement to develop/procure turbines/arrange financing for Whirlwind a 40MW project that is truly a community wind project located in Minnesota. Estimated timeline ready for construction is one year. The project is in the Definitive Planning Phase with MISO.
2/11 WPF has agreement to procure turbines and development oversight for a one turbine project in Illinois. This is in addition to other projects of similar size that WPF is involved. This type of project continues with WPF purpose to be the main resource for projects less than smaller 1 to 10MW in size wind projects located around the nation.
1/11 WindPartners Finance has completed its purchase of the Simpson Wind project located in Oregon. Simpson is a 10 MW project that should be ready to construct Summer, 2011. WPF is also planning on a 4MW purchase in the same region that should be completed in February.
1/11 President Obama during his State of the Union address set a goal for 80% of United States' energy to come from renewable/clean energy sources. Wind will be a prominent sector, with distributed generation being a substantial part of the sector. The growth will be contingent upon a sound long term government policy.
1/11 WPF has engaged with a 10 MW project located in western US to provide financing and turbines. WPF is to use its connections to turbines and financing to provide lower costs to help construction start by summer, 2011.
12/10 President Obama signed comprehensive tax legislation that includes a one-year extension of the Section 1603 cash-grant program which is a savior to many wind developers. The projects have to be online by the end of 2012. It also allows for a 100% depreciation bonus on turbines through the end of next year which significantly increases investor returns.
12/10 President Obama signed authorization for $3.5 billion in additional New Market Tax Credits for 2011. This is an incentive to make loans or equity investments in projects located in lower income census tracts. Although complicated to structure, they can be very beneficial to rural wind projects. WPF can assist in the structuring.
11/10 WindPartners Finance continues to expand its portfolio of renewable energy companies engagements with an additional 40 MW's signed to contracts, with additional contracts pending. The primary focus is to structure projects to access the Cash Grant program that currently is due to expire at year end. More...
10/10 WindPartners Finance has completed its intent to purchase Simpson Wind located in Oregon. Simpson is a 10 MW project that is completing its transmission and interconnect agreements to construct by Summer, 2011. WPF will be working with its Alliance Partners to provide a complete start-to-finish More...
9/10 WindPartners Finance has reached agreement with Renaissance Engineering to assist in providing development expertise, financing, and procurement of turbines for the Murphy Wind's (3) 20 MW wind projects. It is anticipated to finalize turbine procurement in 4th Quarter, 2010, commissioning Fall, 2011. This is More...
9/10 WindPartners Finance has been retained by DeWind Co, a US based wind turbine manufacturer, to act as their financial advisor in connection with a project financing program for over 120 MW of wind projects that will begin construction in Q4 of 2010. On behalf of DeWind, WPF will be seeking construction loans, term loans and tax equity.
8/10 Representative Jay Inslee (D-Wash) unveiled legislation for a feed-in tariff policy in Congress for distributed generation projects. It is the first ever proposal in Congress that would guarantee producers three basic elements--guaranteed grid access, fixed fees, no capping--feed-in tariffs. Policies like Inslee's More...
8/10 WindPartners Finance has become a Proud Sponsor of the EcoExperience at the Minnesota State Fair Wind Energy Center hosted by Windustry August 26-September 6, 2010. The Wind Energy Center is an interactive, museum-quality display within the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
7/10 WindPartners Finance has contracted with Steve Skadron, Spooner Skadron LLC, as Consultant to help facilitate various sales needs as WPF continues to expand. Steve has been involved with its President at various capacities for several years, assisting in the structuring of the marketing program for More...
7/10 WPF has continuing discussions with companies that are looking to provide backup storage systems for wind energy. The systems have made significant progress to provide backup power when needed to compensate when the wind is not creating energy. The systems will be useful to water treatment facilities, colleges, industrial sites, or any other heavy power users that have higher than market energy peak pricing.
6/10 WindPartners Finance is pleased to announce Acterra Group, Inc. has joined WPF's Alliance Partner program. Acterra joins our team to provide necessary expertise relating to project and construction management for wind projects. Acterra is streamline project development for >clients. WPF combines More...
5/10 WindPartners Finance (WPF) is pleased to announce that Mike Ziemke has joined as Managing Director and Partner. Mike has been working with WPF for the past several months. Previously, Mike was a Managing Director at Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. for 8 years where he established and was More...
5/10 AWEA 2010 Wind Expo in Dallas, TX proved to be a successful marketing opportunity for WPF, both to continue with expansion of our WindPartners Finance turbine and financing program for distributed generation, along with various meetings and connections with Alliance Partners and customers that will help facilitate more wind projects to be completed. AWEA had 1400 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees.
3/10 Illinois Wind Energy Association spotlights WindPartners Finance and its Distributed Generation 1-8MW program.
3/10 WindPartners Finance starts capital raise to provide capital as it grows the program, increase staff, etc. The first round is a ground floor opportunity prior to an anticipated $2-4 Million capital raise starting 3rd/4th Quarter of 2011. WindPartners Finance will use the future capital to retain ownership in projects in collaboration with its clients.
2/10 WindPartners Finance starts finalizing first of many Alliance Partner agreements with firms that have the experience to build quality projects and effectively lower development cost for 1-8MW wind projects.
12/09 Ken Valley incorporates WindPartners Finance, LLC to focus along with its alliance partners on developing and constructing Distributed Generation projects, which includes Feed-In-Tariff or Net Metering programs, throughout the United States. Ken Valley brings his breadth of experience from More...
7/09 Ken Valley agrees to complete the sell to an Investment Firm his ownership stake of Midwest Wind Finance. The term allows Ken to continue to focus on distributed generation wind projects.
12/08 Midwest Wind Finance continues to increase its valuation, selling 10% of the company to grow program.
6/07 Venture Capital firm invests in Midwest Wind Finance.
4/07 Midwest Wind Finance successfully completes the Wind Renewable Fund, a $5,000,000.00 capital raise to provide down payments for turbine manufacturers and develop projects.
12/04 Valley starts Midwest Wind Finance, LLC to help arrange financing and provide due diligence for community-wind projects being developed throughout United States.
5/01 Valley works with client to attempt financing of a single turbine project located on Buffalo Ridge, MN. The involvement in the project initiated WPF to acquire additional information to finance wind projects.
5/89 Ken Valley starts Midwest Leasing and Finance to finance and lease equipment to clients mainly within the rural communities.
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