CARSON CITY, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vidler Water Resources, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to lease up to 1,926 acres of its land in Maricopa and La Paz Counties in Arizona to an affiliate of one of the world’s largest producers of wind and solar energy. The agreement is structured as an option for up to five years to lease up to 1,926 acres for $500 per acre per year for 26 years with two five-year options to extend the lease. The agreement also provides for a lease rate increase of 2% per annum over the term of the lease. In addition, Vidler also agreed to reserve 2,000 of its Arizona Long-Term Storage Credits for construction purposes for a price of $1,630 per LTSC, utilizing Vidler facilities to recover the water.
Vidler Water Resource’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dorothy Timian-Palmer, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to enter into an agreement to lease certain of our Arizona properties. We have worked previously with this company on our other properties, and we have found them to be an excellent partner with first-rate innovative and sustainable energy solutions for the communities they serve. We are glad to play our part in increasing the region’s alternative energy supplies. The affiliate’s parent company is actively involved in the Data Center and Green Hydrogen power space, and we look forward to the opportunities our alliance may bring and allow us to utilize our Harquahala Long-Term Storage Credits in the Basin where they are stored or the Phoenix metropolitan area. The mega-drought that is occurring in the Western U.S. is driving entities to seek water supplies that would not have been considered in the past. As the mega-drought continues, we believe it will have an upward impact on pricing of water supplies.
“We are also currently in negotiations with Ten West Link, as they require an easement across several of our Harquahala Valley, Arizona properties. The Ten West Link Transmission Project is an electrical Interconnection that would provide 500 KV Transmission between substations in Tonopah, Arizona and Riverside County, California. The power transmission activity in Harquahala is attracting various solar and other alternative energy facilities to propose projects in the Harquahala Basin and we have Long-Term Storage Credits that can be used for both operation and construction needs that can be recovered throughout the Basin.”
About Vidler Water Resources, Inc.
As of December 31, 2020, our primary holding was Vidler Water Company, Inc. (“Vidler”), a water resource and water storage business, with assets and operations primarily in the Southwestern U.S.
Our business is to source, develop and provide sustainable potable water resources to fast-growing communities throughout the Southwest U.S. that lack, or are running short of, available water resources.
We conduct our business by working closely with many constituents in these communities: regulators, utilities, Native North American tribes, community leaders, residential and commercial developers and alternative energy companies. We ensure the water resources we develop and sell are sustainable and provide benefit to the citizens of the communities and regions we serve.
Currently, we believe the highest potential return to shareholders is from a return of capital. As we monetize our water and real estate assets, rather than reinvest the proceeds, we intend to return capital to shareholders through a stock repurchase program or by other means such as special dividends. Nonetheless, we may, from time to time, reinvest a portion of proceeds from asset monetizations in further development of existing assets, if we believe the returns on such reinvestment outweigh the benefits of a return of capital.
At December 31, 2020, we had a market capitalization of $173.8 million, and 18,583,366 shares outstanding.
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