WEST PALM BEACH, FL--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2014) - Upower, Inc. ("UPI," the "Company" or "we"), which plans to be an independent power provider ("IPP"), announced today that two of its subsidiaries, Produccion de Energia Solar y Demas Renovables, S.A., ("PRODERSSA") and Pacific Solar Energy, Inc., ("PSE"), have each executed a 20-year power purchase agreement ("PPA") with Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica ("ENEE"), the national energy company of Honduras, to build, and operate on a long term basis, a two solar photovoltaic projects totaling 100 megawatts of power production.
UPI plans for such projects, each for 50 megawatts of power generation, to be built and installed by Wind Turbine and Energy Cables Corp. ("WTEC") on a 420 acre parcel which UPI has already leased on a long term basis, located in Nacaome, Honduras. WTEC, together with its engineering arm Renewable Energy Resources Corp and its construction arm Alternative Energy Development Corp, is a U.S. nationally recognized engineering, manufacturing, procurement and construction company dedicated to the alternative energy market. WTEC has over 25 years of experience in renewable energy, with a renewable energy portfolio of over 12 gigawatts of wind and 3 gigawatts of solar power worldwide.
Pursuant to the PPAs, ENEE has agreed to purchase from PSE and PRODERSSA a total of 100 megawatts (50 megawatts each) of electricity at a cost per kilowatt hour which may be subject to increase due to certain incentives. These projects are expected to provide for job creation in the Nacaome region of Honduras, and once operational, will provide for needed increased energy production in such region and serve as a catalyst for such region's continued economic growth.
We are currently reviewing and negotiating the engineering, procurement and construction contract between UPI and WTEC.
Enrique Pallares, UPI's Chief of Business Development, who was instrumental in the Company procuring these PPAs, was quoted as saying "We are most excited and enthused about being integrally involved with the development, construction and ongoing operation of what will, together, be one of the largest solar powered power plant facilities in Latin America and contributing to Honduras' employment and continued economic growth through the use of clean energy."
Brian Dick, Vice President and General Counsel of WTEC, stated: "As a successful international developer of renewable energy projects, we are looking forward to working with UPI on the build-out of these two exciting solar power plant projects, and contributing to the employment, economic growth and development of the Nacaome, Honduras region by training a local workforce to build and maintain these power plants."
UPI's President, Enrico Marotta, commented that "These two 50 megawatt PPAs, which are the first to be completed by UPI, serve as a tremendous start for us and serve to further our mission statement: To generate electricity by building or acquiring power plants globally, striving to maximize performance and returns for our shareholders, while remaining environmentally conscious. We look forward to working with WTEC and the Honduran government to make these projects a reality."
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements made by the Company, its subsidiaries and members of its management team on its behalf in this release and other periodic oral and written statements, regarding the Company's operating performance, events or developments that the Company believes or expects to occur in the future, including those that discuss anticipated financial results, strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters, or which relate to future sales, earnings expectations, cost savings, growth of the Company or of the market for its products and services, or general belief in the Company's expectations of future operating results are forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the need by the Company for substantial additional working capital to materially advance its business plan and the two solar projects discussed in this press release; no assurances that the Company will be able to secure such capital or the terms upon which such capital may be secured, if at all; technology and other challenges involved in the development and operation of the Company's planned products and services, including the performance of technology which may be utilized by the Company, compliance with local, regional and national power generation, environmental and related laws, and local, regional and national governmental cooperation; local, regional and national economic considerations, including residential and industrial energy demand; foreign currency effects; the Company's ability to protect its intellectual property; the ability to integrate acquisitions successfully and the risk that expected synergies may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; and competitors' product introductions, pricing and other competitive pressures, as well as other risk factors and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements included herein are made as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly such statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Actual results could differ materially from anticipated results.