Western Wind Energy secures additional 100 MW project site in California



    Toronto Venture Exchange Symbol: "WND"
    Issued and Outstanding: 29,173,968

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Western Wind Energy Corporation ("Western Wind
Energy") is pleased to announce that it has secured a new, 100 MW wind energy
and solar site located near Barstow, California. This site is located on
2,400 acres and is in an area with proven, high-energy wind speeds. Previous
testing indicates a mean average annual wind speed in excess of 9 meters per
second or over 20 miles per hour, capable of generating net operating capacity
factors in excess of 40 percent. Unlike a number of wind energy developments
in the region, this property is not located in a critical habitat area for the
Desert Tortoise and therefore, Western Wind Energy anticipates a normal
permitting process in achieving production. The Barstow Project is the first
announcement of many new acquisitions that Western Wind Energy is currently
developing as part of the previously announced "California Initiative." As a
result of California's large appetite for renewable energy and the extreme
scarcity of sites to satisfy this demand, Western Wind Energy is uniquely
positioned to capitalize on this imbalance. Jeff Ciachurski, CEO states "there
was tremendous competition from the largest players in the investment banking
and energy industries to acquire this exact piece of property. Western Wind's
access to proprietary information dating back to the 1970s allowed Western
Wind to make and complete the opportunity, literally, a few weeks before our
competition. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment."
    The Barstow Wind Resource Area is the largest wind resource opportunity
in California outside of Palm Springs (San Gorgonio Pass) and Tehachapi.
Barstow is also the home of over 400 MWs of solar thermal generating
facilities making our site a perfect candidate for the dual purpose of the
solar/wind generation profile. Western Wind Energy is currently conducting
environmental studies to complete the permitting process. Western Wind Energy
is North America's largest producer of pure wind energy. Western Wind Energy
currently produces 34.5 MW of clean renewable electrical energy from over
500 wind turbine generators located in Tehachapi (Windridge) and San Gorgonio
Pass (Palm Springs), California with annualized energy output is approximately
75 billion watt hours per year. Western Wind Energy also has over 155 MW of
expansion power sales agreements with the associated projects in the late
stages of development. In addition, Western Wind Energy has a credible
pipeline of over 1,300 MW of site locations in the State of California. During
the past two years, Western Wind Energy has executed or acquired over
$1 billion of power sales agreements totaling 155 megawatts from the sale of
wind energy electrical generation to two separate utilities. Western Wind
Energy was the first to execute a "wind" PPA in the State of Arizona, and in
California, is expanding from management's 27-year continuous operating
history in the Tehachapi Pass. Western Wind Energy is in the business of
acquiring exceptional land sites, capital and technology for the production of
electricity from wind energy. Western Wind Energy conducts its operations
through its wholly owned subsidiaries in Arizona and California. Management of
Western Wind Energy 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


    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

    Certain statements included herein are "forward-looking statements" as
defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management
cautions that forward-looking statements are not guarantees and that actual
results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the
forward-looking statement. Important factors that could cause the actual
results of operations or financial condition of the Company to differ include,
but are not necessarily limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed in
documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.





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For further information: Western Wind Energy Corp., 632 Foster Avenue,
Coquitlam, BC, V3J 2L7, Telephone: (604) 839-4192, Facsimile: (604) 939-1292,
www.westernwindenergy.com

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