A Mighty Wind: Noble Environmental Power Files for $375M IPO

5/9/08Follow @gthuang

It’s not just pollen in the air these days. Renewable energy projects are blooming throughout New England. Now, Noble Environmental Power, a fast-growing wind-power company based in Essex, CT, has filed for an initial public offering worth up to $375 million. (On the heels of yesterday’s IPO filing by Lexington, MA-based web management services firm Gomez, maybe the market for IPOs really is coming back).

According to its filing with the SEC, Noble Power is “focused on developing, financing, constructing, owning and operating windparks in attractive energy markets in the United States.” The company’s plan is to sell energy and energy-capacity generated by its wind parks. Its first three parks have been up and running in New York since March, and the firm hopes to quadruple its total power capacity by the end of 2009, with more parks under construction in New York and Texas. By 2012, it may expand to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and other states.

To date, the company has not yet generated significant revenue—it reported $72 million in net losses as of the end of 2007. It is also dependent on state policies and regulations that support wind parks—not always the easiest projects to push through.

Founded in 2004, Noble Power has more than 150 employees and a total capitalization of $1.1 billion. JPMorgan Partners, Lehman Brothers, and Credit Suisse are leading the underwriting. The principal shareholder is JPMorgan. When the time comes, Noble Power intends to trade on the NASDAQ market under the ticker symbol NEPI.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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