TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2012) - Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX:JE)(NYSE:JE) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary's solar business ("Hudson Solar") has entered into a USD$30 Million credit agreement with Macquarie Bank Limited. Advances under the credit facility will be used to assist with the construction of solar projects. The credit facility has a two year term, under which advances will be made in connection with interconnected solar projects located in the United States (currently, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts). Advances will bear interest, payable quarterly, at a rate of either LIBOR plus 7.9% or the "prime rate" as published in the Eastern Edition of the Wall Street Journal plus 6.9%. The credit facility may be increased from time to time upon agreement by Macquarie.
The projects are eligible for US federal tax incentives at 30% of the project costs. The incentives are provided in the form of immediate cash grant (for projects completed or safe harbored by end of 2011) or investment tax credit (for projects not eligible for cash grant).
Ken Hartwick, Just Energy's President and CEO states "We are very pleased to have closed this important funding arrangement and are excited for the continued development of our solar projects. We have aggressive growth plans ahead and believe that this additional funding will help us continue to achieve our goals."
About Just Energy Group Inc.
Established in 1997, Just Energy is primarily a competitive retailer of natural gas and electricity. With offices located across the United States, Canada and, commencing in July 2012, the United Kingdom, Just Energy serves close to 2 million residential and commercial customers through a wide range of energy programs and home comfort services, including fixed-price or price-protected energy program contracts, the rental of water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners and the installation of solar panels. The Company's JustGreen® products provide consumers with the ability to help them reduce the environmental impact of their everyday energy use. Just Energy is the parent to Amigo Energy, Commerce Energy, Hudson Energy, Hudson Energy Solar, National Home Services, Momentis, Tara Energy and Terra Grain Fuels.
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