Shear Wind Inc.
TSX VENTURE : SWX

Shear Wind Inc.

January 23, 2012 14:30 ET

Shear Wind Announces Management Changes; Option Grants

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2012) - Shear Wind Inc. ("Shear Wind" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SWX) announced today that it has appointed Gonzalo Prado Pichel as interim Chief Financial Officer effective February 6, 2012. Mr. Prado Pichel will assume the position upon the departure of Bill Bartlett who has tendered his resignation effective as of that date to pursue other career challenges outside the renewable energy sector.

Mike Magnus, Chief Executive Officer commented, "On behalf of Shear Wind, and its board of directors, I want to thank Bill for his dedication and service to the Company. He has been instrumental in Shear Wind's successes to date and we wish him all the best in his future pursuits."

Mr. Prado Pichel holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad de Vigo and a Master of Finance from the Universidad Santiago de Compostela and currently serves as Controller to Inveravante Inversiones Universales, S.L., ("Inveravante") an international corporation based in Spain, which indirectly owns 62% of Shear Wind on a fully-diluted basis and 49% of Glen Dhu Wind Energy Limited Partnership through its subsidiary, Genera Avante Holdings Canada Inc.

Shear Wind also announced the grant of an aggregate of 2,750,000 options pursuant to the Company's incentive stock option plan, 1,500,000 of which were granted to officers, 500,000 to independent directors and 750,000 of which were granted to Inveravante as consultant to Shear Wind . Each option is exercisable to purchase one common share of Shear Wind until January 17, 2015 at an exercise price of $0.15. All options vested immediately.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Shear Wind in any jurisdiction.

About Shear Wind

Founded in 2005, Shear Wind is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is engaged in the exploration and development of renewable wind energy properties in Canada. Shear Wind is focused on building a strong company based on a secure and sustainable supply of clean wind energy. Shear Wind is committed to building shareholder value governed by environmental stewardship.

Additional information on the various projects may be viewed on Shear Wind's website: www.shearwind.com .

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Shear Wind Inc. trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SWX".

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