Western Wind Energy Corp. - Commercial operations begin at first combined wind and solar facility in North America

Sep 18, 2011, 20:09 ET from Western Wind Energy

Toronto Stock Exchange (Venture) Symbol: "WND"

OTCQX Symbol:  "WNDEF"

Issued and Outstanding: 59,780,539

VANCOUVER, Sept. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Western Wind Energy Corp. - (Toronto Venture Exchange - "WND") (OTCQX - "WNDEF"), is pleased to announce that effective September 16th, 2011, Western Wind Energy began commercial operations of its 100% owned Kingman I wind and solar project, located in Kingman, Arizona (the "Project").  The 10.5 MW combined wind/solar project is the first purpose-built wind and solar project in North America.  This implies that the Project was built as a combined facility from the ground up and was planned and built for the power purchase agreement with Unisource Electric Services.

The Project combines five (5) Gamesa G-90 2 MW wind turbine generators with 500 Kw of solar panels on a single axis tracking system.  The site was energized on August 30th, 2011 and revenue service began on Friday, September 16th, 2011.

Jeff Ciachurski, CEO of Western Wind Energy states "this is a ground breaking, game changing development in the renewable energy industry where two completely separate types of technology and renewable fuel sources are integrated at the very beginning as a combined facility.  Integration of multiple renewable fuel sources allows for the maximization of existing transmission infrastructure by having a greater range of time of day availability.   Western Wind Energy is excited to be the first owner/operator of this real-time, solution oriented facility."

About Western Wind Energy Corp.

Western Wind Energy Corp. (OTCQX: WNDEF; TSX.V: WND) trades in the United States on OTCQX under the symbol "WNDEF." Western Wind is a vertically integrated renewable energy electrical production company that currently owns over 500 wind turbines with 165 MW of rated capacity either in production or in construction in the States of California and Arizona. Western Wind further owns additional development assets for both solar and wind energy in California, Arizona, and Ontario, Canada; and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Western Wind is in the business of owning and acquiring land sites and technology for the production of electricity from wind and solar energy. Management of Western Wind includes individuals involved in the operations and ownership of utility scale wind energy facilities in California since 1981.

            ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
            "SIGNED"
             
            Jeffrey J. Ciachurski
President & Chief Executive Officer

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