IRVINE, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTWW) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Schneider Power Inc. ("Schneider"), a leading developer and owner of renewable energy power plants, backed by the Schneider family's 120 years of experience in renewable energy has acquired a newly constructed 10 megawatt utility-scale wind farm inOntario, Canada.
The Zephyr wind farm ("Zephyr") generation facility will supply electricity to the Ontario Power Authority under a 20-year renewable energy purchase contract, generating in excess of $3 million in estimated annual revenues. The project commenced power generation testing at 25% capacity on April 20th 2012, and is projected to go into full production on or about May 5th, producing more than 26.7 Giga watt-hours of clean electricity per year, enough to meet the needs of 3,000 Canadian households. The project is financed by Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea.
"This acquisition is part of our long-term strategy to evolve into a leading independent power producer in North America," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, the President and CEO of Quantum. "We seek to increase our revenues and nameplate capacity under 100% ownership, leveraging our experience in the fast-track development of profitable renewable energy projects."
"We are pleased and honored to be working with Samsung for financing this project," said Thomas Schneider, the President of Schneider Power. "Quantum and Schneider Power are active in several renewable energy projects in various stages of development, and we are actively pursuing additional opportunities in Ontariowith its attractive feed in tariff programs."
The Zephyr wind farm, located in the Brooke-Alvinston Township in the Canadian province of Ontario,will be operated by Zephyr Farms Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schneider Power. The project utilizes high efficiency, 2.5 megawatt capacity Samsung wind turbines.
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in the development and production of advanced propulsion systems, energy storage technologies, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum's wholly owned subsidiary, Schneider Power Inc., and affiliate Asola Solarpower GmbH complement Quantum's emerging renewable energy presence through the development and ownership of wind and solar farms, and manufacture of high efficiency solar modules. Quantum's portfolio of technologies includes electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, natural gas and hydrogen storage and metering systems and alternative fuel technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and natural gas vehicles. Quantum's powertrain engineering, system integration, vehicle manufacturing, and assembly capabilities provide fast-to-market solutions to support the production of hybrid and plug-in hybrid, hydrogen-powered hybrid, fuel cell, natural gas fuel, and specialty vehicles, as well as modular, transportable hydrogen refueling stations. Quantum's customer base includes automotive OEMs, dealer networks, fleets, aerospace industry, military and other government entities, and other strategic alliance partners.
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