Innergex announces the tax equity funding of Amazon Solar Farm Ohio – Hillcrest in Ohio, USA
LONGUEUIL, Quebec, November 17, 2021 – Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) (“Innergex” or the “Corporation”) announces the tax equity funding of the 200 MW Amazon Solar Farm Ohio – Hillcrest (“Hillcrest”), located in Brown County, Ohio, concluded today. Hillcrest is currently the largest solar facility in operation in Ohio, and since the commencement of commercial operation on May 11, 2021, 100% of its generated electric output and environmental attributes has been sold under a long-term corporate power purchase agreement to an investment grade rated US corporation.
“This is Innergex’s second largest solar farm commissioned to date, which adds 200 MW to our solar portfolio,” said Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex. “While the commissioning of Hillcrest contributes to Innergex’s energy diversification efforts, Ohio represents an exciting new market for us, one that provides the opportunity for us to build clean utility-scale solar that will benefit Ohioans for decades. ”
Following the conclusion of the tax equity investment, the project’s long-term capital structure is therefore comprised of: a US$74.9 million (CAN$94.0 million) 7-year term loan provided by a lender group led by CIT Group, a US$112.7 million (CAN$141.5 million) tax equity investment by Wells Fargo’s Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance group and US$120.1 million (CAN$150.7 million) in sponsor equity.
The solar farm is comprised of 606,480 First Solar Series 6 thin film photovoltaic solar panels. Hillcrest is expected to produce a gross estimated long-term average of 413.3 GWh of energy per year and US$10.2 million (CAN$12.8 million) projected adjusted EBITDA on average for the first five years of operation. The project should receive a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) sized to approximately 30% of the total project Fair Market Value that will be received by the tax equity partner.
The project was acquired in October 2018 from a joint venture between Open Road Renewables, LLC and Eolian, the initial developers of the Hillcrest project. Hillcrest received its approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board prior to being acquired by Innergex, and its design has since undergone several improvements through interaction with the landowners and adjacent community members.
About Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
For over 30 years, Innergex has believed in a world where abundant renewable energy promotes healthier communities and creates shared prosperity. As an independent renewable power producer which develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and energy storage facilities, Innergex is convinced that generating power from renewable sources will lead the way to a better world. Innergex conducts operations in Canada, the United States, France and Chile and manages a large portfolio of high-quality assets currently consisting of interests in 79 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 3,101 MW (gross 3,801 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 150 MWh, including 40 hydroelectric facilities, 32 wind farms and seven solar farms. Innergex also holds interests in 9 projects under development, two of which are under construction, with a net installed capacity of 171 MW (gross 209 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 329 MWh, as well as prospective projects at different stages of development with an aggregate gross capacity totaling 7,281 MW. Its approach to building shareholder value is to generate sustainable cash flows, provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on invested capital and to distribute a stable dividend.
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