Montréal, May 27, 2019
Construction of a hydroelectric generating station for the energy transition in the Inukjuak off-grid system
- A 7.5-MW run-of-river hydroelectric generating station will be built on the Inukjuak River.
- Valued at approximately $125 million, this project is the first partnership between an Inuit corporation and an independent power producer.
- Renewable electricity will replace energy produced by fossil fuels and will result in 700,000 fewer tonnes of GHG emissions.
- The project will entail yearly savings of around 20% for Hydro-Québec.
- The project will contribute to the economic development of the Inuit community of Inukjuak.
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) (“Innergex”), the Pituvik Landholding Corporation (“Pituvik”) and Hydro-Québec are proud to announce the construction of a 7.5-MW run-of-river hydroelectric generating station on the Inukjuak River near Inukjuak, Nunavik, in northern Québec (the “Innavik Project”). This innovative project will provide customers of Inukjuak’s off-grid system with clean and renewable energy.
The Innavik Project, an initiative of Pituvik, is in line with Hydro-Québec’s strategy to convert off-grid systems to cleaner and less costly energy sources. This structuring project will meet the community’s growing long-term energy needs while acting as a lever for sustainable development.
- Innergex will oversee the construction and operation of the 7.5-MW run-of-river generating station, a project valued at approximately $125 million, with Pituvik as a 50% partner.
- The project will reduce hydrocarbon consumption by over 80% and greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions by 700,000 tonnes over 40 years.
- Site preparation should begin in the fourth quarter of 2019 and construction, in 2020.
- The generating station should begin serving the community toward late 2022.
- A 40-year Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) was signed with Hydro-Québec. The PPA provides for the payment of a fixed annual amount in return for guaranteed contracted energy and capacity.
- The project will result in annual reductions of 20% in Hydro-Québec’s operating costs.
- The PPA will be submitted to the Régie de l’énergie for approval in 2019.
- The projected adjusted EBITDA for the Innavik Project’s first full year of operation is approximately $9 million.
The Quebec Government, through the Société d’habitation du Québec (“SHQ”) [Quebec housing corporation], the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau (“KMHB”) and Transition énergétique Québec (“TEQ”) [Quebec energy transition agency], supports a key component of the project: the program to convert fuel-fired water and space heating systems to electricity. This will maximize the use of renewable electricity by the entire community of Inukjuak—over 480 homes.
The Innavik Project will be a catalyst for growth in this Inuit community of 1,800 on the coast of Hudson Bay. It will create local jobs during construction and operation while enabling economic diversification. The revenue generated by the facility will enable the community to set up local support programs for youth and elders, to develop local initiatives to improve social well-being in the community, and to support entrepreneurship. Thanks to the Innavik Project, the community could also benefit from a renewable energy-powered greenhouse that will improve food security.
“Innergex has entered into many partnerships with local and Indigenous communities to develop renewable energy projects and we are proud to have concluded our first partnership with an Inuit community in connection with the Innavik Project,” said Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex. “This will be the first generating station built for an off-grid system in a remote community to help their transition from diesel to hydroelectricity. Our extensive expertise in small hydro projects and in partnerships with communities should be a key success factor for this unique project, with tangible benefits for the community and future generations.”
“Switching to hydropower will enable us to replace diesel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for our basic electricity and heating needs, while saving on fuel costs,” said Eric Atagotaaluk, President of Pituvik. “This is good for the planet and the newly-available green electricity will bring sustainable development opportunities for our community.”
“We are proud of our partnership with Innergex and Pituvik. The Innavik Project is a key factor in the energy transition strategy for our off-grid systems. This is a win-win situation for the people of Inukjuak, for Hydro-Québec, which will reduce its operating costs, and for Quebecers as a whole, thanks to the significant reduction in GHG emissions,” said Éric Filion, President of Hydro-Québec Distribution.
“The project resulting from this association will be very beneficial for the community while also allowing Hydro-Québec to reduce its generating costs and carbon footprint,” said Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. “This initiative ties in perfectly with our government’s goals, especially in regards to the electrification of Québec’s economy. Everyone stands to benefit.”
About Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
The Corporation is an independent renewable power producer which develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms and solar farms. As a global corporation, Innergex conducts operations in Canada, the United States, France and Chile. Innergex manages a large portfolio of assets currently consisting of interests in 66 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 1,988 MW (gross 2,888 MW), including 37 hydroelectric facilities, 25 wind farms and four solar farms. Innergex also holds interests in seven projects under development with a net installed capacity of 870 MW (gross 948 MW), two of which are currently under construction and prospective projects at different stages of development with an aggregate gross capacity totaling 7,767 MW. Respecting the environment and balancing the best interests of the host communities, its partners, and its investors are at the heart of the Corporation's development strategy. Its approach for building shareholder value is to generate sustainable cash flows, provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on invested capital and to distribute a stable dividend. Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is rated BBB- by S&P.
About Pituvik Landholding Corporation Inc.
Incorporated January 30, 1979, Pituvik holds title to 521 sq. km. on lands classified as Category I. These lands are held by Pituvik on behalf of the Inukjuaqmiut beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA). In this holding capacity, Pituvik has the right to allow people and organizations to use these lands and for that use is allowed to charge compensation. Pituvik also maintains a beneficiary list on behalf of all Inukjuakmiut. Pituvik is a not-for-profit corporation, however it can create and own for-profit subsidiaries to stimulate local economic growth and Job creation.
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