in cash, 20,223,581 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock valued at $182.6 million based on the value on September 18, 2015 share price of $9.03 per share and a put/call arrangement contributed by SunEdison with a fair value of $20.4 million.
In connection with the closing of the Salvador and Bahia acquisitions, the Company entered into an omnibus closing agreement (the “Omnibus Agreement”) with Global LLC, SunEdison, certain of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries, and Renova, pursuant to which, among other things, the Company accepted certain financing liens on certain bank accounts related to the Bahia and Salvador power plants (the “Renova Liens”). In exchange for its acceptance of the Renova Liens, Renova granted to Global LLC a security interest in certain shares of the Company’s Class A common stock received by Renova in connection with the Renova Transaction and an agreement to place $5.0 million of the purchase price for the Bahia wind power plant and certain future dividends payable to Renova into an escrow account as security for Renova’s performance of its obligations to release the Renova Liens. On January 27, 2016, Renova released the liens related to the Bahia and Salvador wind power plants. Therefore, in March 2016 and pursuant to the terms of the Omnibus Agreement, the cash held in escrow was released to Renova, and Global LLC terminated its security interest in the 19,221,671 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock owned by Renova.
After the closing of the Bahia and Salvador acquisitions, the various project companies repaid their outstanding project level indebtedness in full on September 30, 2015. Although the repayment of this indebtedness resulted in the termination of all guarantees and restrictions arising under the financing agreements, as of December 31, 2015, the project lender had not provided a release letter to the escrow agent under the financing agreements, and as a result approximately $49.2 million in funds of the Bahia and Salvador project companies continued to be held in restricted accounts as of December 31, 2015. On March 31, 2016, the project lender provided the release letter to the escrow agent, thereby lifting any and all restrictions on usage of funds in the previously restricted accounts.
As a result of the Renova Transaction, Renova is entitled to appoint one director to the Company’s Board, and such right will continue so long as Renova holds at least 28% of the 20,327,499 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock that Renova received in connection with the Renova Transaction. As of October 31, 2016, Renova held 20,327,499, or 100%, of those shares. Renova has not exercised its right to appoint a director of the Board.
As further described in Item 15. Note 17 - Commitments and Contingencies, Renova has filed a request for arbitration to bring certain claims against the Company related to the Renova Transaction including, but not limited to, claims that the Company was liable to satisfy SunEdison’s obligations under a put/call arrangement entered into between SunEdison and Renova in connection with the Renova Transaction, and claims for common law fraud and securities fraud in connection with the Salvador and Bahia transactions.
On October 7, 2015, the Company completed the acquisition of three Indian wind power plants, Bhakrani, Gadag and Hanumanhatti (the “FERSA Projects”), which represent 101.6 MW of aggregate net capacity, from Fersa Energias Renovables, S.A. (“FERSA”), a Spanish wind developer. The aggregate consideration paid for the FERSA Projects was approximately $72.4 million, which includes the repayment of project level indebtedness of $39.0 million. FERSA was accounted for as an equity method investment as of December 31, 2015. As of January 1, 2016, as a result of the adoption of ASU 2015-02, the Company is the primary beneficiary and thus has consolidated the acquired power plants.
NPS Star and WXA
On February 24, 2016, SunEdison transferred to the Company a 49% equity interest, constituting a controlling interest and substantially all of the economic interest, in each of NPS Star and WXA, each of which consists of three solar power plants located in Thailand. These solar power plants, which achieved commercial operation in December 2015 and represent 35.6 MW of aggregate net capacity, were required to be contributed to Global, without further payment, pursuant to the Project Investment Agreement between SunEdison and the Company.
On April 8, 2016, the Company completed the acquisition of a 100% ownership interest in the Alto Cielo solar power plant located in Uruguay with an aggregate net capacity of 26.4 MW from Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica, S.L. The power plant reached commercial operation in March 2016. The aggregate cash consideration paid for the Alto Cielo power plant was $32.3 million, of which $1.9 million is being held in escrow accounts until certain conditions are met.