SunEdison (SUNE -1.5%) has announced an MOU with Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa (OTCPK:GCTAF) to create a 50/50 JV to build up to 1GW of wind plants globally by 2018.
The deal calls for Gamesa to supply turbines and be responsible for plant operations & maintenance (O&M); the company might also provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. SunEdison will buy the plants from the JV once they're finished, and also buy additional wind turbines from Gamesa.
The TerraForm Power (TERP -0.3%) YieldCo is expected to have call rights for wind plants developed by the JV. A "definitive agreement" for the JV is expected by year's end.
The MOU follows news SunEdison has obtained $360M in financing for, and begun construction on, a 185MW Maine wind project. TerraForm recently disclosed it's in talks to buy up to $2.6B worth of wind plants.
Shares are lower as solar stocks continue to remain under pressure - the group sold off yesterday amid a 3%+ drop in oil prices. SunEdison is still up 50% YTD.