Mercom Capital Group Reports First Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for the Wind Sector

Wind Off to a Slow Start with Q1 VC Investments Coming in at Only $9 Million

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind energy sector for the first quarter of 2011.

VC investments in the Wind sector was down in the first quarter of 2011 with only $9 million raised in two deals, compared to $59 million in three deals in Q4 of 2010.

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Wind sector amounted to $265 million in five deals which was up compared to $140 million in four deals in Q4 of 2010. Of the five deals in Q1 2011, only one was disclosed, the American Semiconductor's acquisition of The Switch.

There were 11 announced large-scale project funding deals amounting to $1.2 billion compared to $4.9 billion in 21 project funding deals in Q4 2010. Ten of the 11 deals were onshore projects and one was offshore. The top projects funded were the $553 million loan to Renova Energia, $255 million in debt to Edison Mission Energy, the $120 million loan to Brookfield Renewable Power, the $111 million loan to Energie Baden-Wurttemberg and the $62 million loan to AES Wind Generation.

For a complete list of Q1 2011 transactions in the Wind sector, visit: http://www.mercomcapital.com/cleanenergyreports.php

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