LONGUEUIL, QC, Aug. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) ("Innergex") today completed the previously announced acquisition of two wind projects located in Champagne-Ardenne, France with a total aggregate installed capacity of 43 MW from Baywa r.e. The two projects are mechanically completed and should be commissioned in the third and fourth quarter of 2017. Innergex owns a 69.55% interest in the wind farms and Desjardins Group Pension Plan owns the remaining 30.45%.
About Desjardins Group Pension Plan
The mission of the Desjardins Group Pension Plan, acting through its Retirement Committee, is to provide a defined benefit pension plan to more than 60,000 beneficiaries. With $11.4 billion in net assets under management, it is the 7th largest private pension plan in Canada. As at the end of December 2016, the equity value of Desjardins Group Pension Plan's infrastructure portfolio was close to $1.5 billion. About half of its investments are in the renewable energy infrastructure sector with interests in 43 operating facilities and an aggregate installed capacity of 2,345 MW, including 9 hydroelectric facilities, 25 wind farms and 9 solar farms.
About Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
The Corporation develops, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms and solar photovoltaic farms and carries out its operations in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, France and Idaho, USA. Its portfolio of assets currently consists of: (i) interests in 51 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 1,063 MW (gross 1,758 MW), including 31 hydroelectric facilities, 19 wind farms and one solar farm; (ii) interests in three projects under construction with a net installed capacity of 61 MW (gross 88 MW), for which power purchase agreements have been secured; and (iii) prospective projects with an aggregate net capacity totalling 3,560 MW (gross 3,940 MW). Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is rated BBB- by S&P.
The Corporation's strategy for building shareholder value is to develop or acquire high-quality facilities that generate sustainable cash flows and provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on invested capital and to distribute a stable dividend.
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Estimated project start of commercial operation for Plan Fleury and Les Renardières
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SOURCE Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
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