WESTERN WIND ENERGY CORP. - Mandate for Tax Equity Executed with Rabobank

Mar 15, 2011, 00:49 ET from Western Wind Energy

Toronto Stock Exchange (Venture) Symbol: "WND"
Issued and Outstanding: 56,561,274

VANCOUVER, March 15 /PRNewswire/ - Western Wind Energy Corp. ("Western Wind") is pleased to announce that it has engaged Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A, "Rabobank Nederland", New York Branch ("Rabobank") and Rabo Securities USA, Inc. ("RSI") as its exclusive financial advisor to raise tax equity financing, including grant financing in lieu of tax equity financing, that can be monetized as a result of various acts and statues within the American Recovery and Re-investment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The Mandate covers the Windstar 120 Megawatt wind project currently in construction in California, and the Yabucoa 30 Megawatt Solar project located in Municipality of Yabucoa, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Mr. Ciachurski, President of Western Wind states, "We are proud to be working with a world class banking group of the caliber of Rabobank. Rabobank has the industry leadership, track record and expertise to act as an advisor and placement agent for projects of this magnitude and importance."

About Rabobank

Rabobank Group (Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A.) is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, asset and investment management, leasing, and real estate services in its home market of the Netherlands and internationally. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the largest banks in the world, with more than $850 billion in assets and operations in over 40 countries. Rabobank is the only private bank in the world with a triple AAA credit rating from both Standard & Poor's and Moody's.

About Western Wind Energy Corp.

Western Wind is a mid-tier vertically integrated renewable energy production company that currently has by way of 100% direct ownership, over 500 wind turbines and 165 MW of net rated capacity in production or in construction, and a further 311 MW of priority expansion development assets in the States of California, Arizona and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In addition the company has a 1,300 MW California Development Initiative.

Western Wind is in the business of owning and acquiring land sites, generation assets 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
Chief Executive Officer

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SOURCE Western Wind Energy