HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 -- Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners ('Brookfield Renewable') (TSX: BEP.UN) today announced that it has completed a CDN$175 million private placement bond financing for its 45 MW Kokish River hydroelectric project in the northern part of Vancouver Island near Port McNeill, British Columbia.
The Kokish River project benefits from a 40-year Electricity Purchase Agreement with BC Hydro and is being developed by Brookfield Renewable and its partners, the Namgis First Nation. The project is under construction and is expected to achieve commercial operation in 2014.
The Senior Bonds bear an interest rate of 4.45% and are fully amortizing over their term of 41 years. The bonds are rated A (low) with a stable trend by DBRS.
'This represents a significant milestone in the development of the Kokish River facility and we appreciate the support of all our bondholders in the long term financing of this high-quality hydropower project,' said Sachin Shah, Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield Renewable.
Scotia Capital Inc. acted as sole private placement agent.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (TSX: BEP.UN) operates one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally. Its portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals approximately 5,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Diversified across 68 river systems and 10 power markets in the United States, Canada and Brazil, the portfolio generates enough electricity from renewable resources to power two million homes on average each year. With a virtually fully-contracted portfolio of high-quality assets and strong growth prospects, the business is positioned to generate stable, long-term cash flows supporting regular and growing cash distributions to unitholders. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com.
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