Innergex Acquires Remaining Interests in Its Mountain Air Wind Portfolio in Idaho
- Acquisition of the remaining 37.75% minority interest of the tax equity partner in the 138 MW Mountain Air wind portfolio already owned by Innergex
- A CAN$64.4 million transaction to increase Innergex’s contracted profile in the United States
- The transaction is immediately accretive to Free Cash Flow per Share
LONGUEUIL, Quebec, December 14, 2022 – Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) (“Innergex” or the “Corporation”) acquired all the Class A shares of its 138 MW Mountain Air wind portfolio in Idaho, in the United States, for a total consideration of US$47.5 million (CAN$64.4 million) from its tax equity partner, an affiliate of MetLife Investment Management. These shares represent the remaining 37.75% of the outstanding shares of the portfolio not already owned by Innergex.
“We are pleased to now have the Mountain Air wind portfolio as a wholly owned entity,” said Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex. “This transaction not only represents a natural continuation of the path we embarked on when we first acquired a stake in the Mountain Air portfolio in 2020, but also an opportunity to generate additional accretive cash flows while increasing Innergex’s contracted wind profile in the United States.”
The Mountain Air wind portfolio comprises six 23 MW wind farms, Cold Springs, Desert Meadow, Hammett Hill, Mainline, Ryegrass and Two Ponds. These wind assets, on a consolidated basis, are expected to generate annual revenues of approximately US$29.7 million (CAN$40.3 million) in 2023, while operating, general and administrative expenses are expected to reach US$7.1 million (CAN$9.6 million) during the same period.
The acquisition of the remaining shares of Mountain Air will mainly be financed with the proceeds from the sale of safe harbor solar modules to be received during the first quarter of 2023. The modules were sold to an undisclosed party on December 8, 2022. The decision to sell these modules follows the publication of the Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”) supporting renewable energy projects, allowing Innergex to secure tax incentives for its development project portfolio without the use of the safe harbor modules previously secured under the former tax incentive program.
All six wind farms have 10-year remaining power purchase agreements with the Idaho Power Company for 100% of the electricity as produced and at attractive escalating prices (US$90.0/MWh in 2023, escalating to US$120.9/MWh in 2032).
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 84 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 3,634 MW (gross 4,184 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 159 MWh, including 40 hydroelectric facilities, 35 wind facilities, 8 solar facilities and 1 battery energy storage facility. Innergex also holds interests in 13 projects under development with a net installed capacity of 731 MW (gross 768 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 745 MWh, 3 of which are under construction, as well as prospective projects at different stages of development with an aggregate gross installed capacity totaling 8,513 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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