The Desjardins Group Pension Plan to Acquire a Portion of EDF Renewables Canada Inc.'s Stake in the Cypress Wind Project Français

Source Press Release
Company Desjardins GroupEDF 
Tags Asset Deals, Deals, Renewable Energy, Power
Date June 19, 2019

The Desjardins Group Pension Plan (DGPP) has committed to acquire, upon completion of construction and upon certain other terms and conditions, a portion of  EDF Renewables Canada Inc.'s stake in the Cypress Wind Project. The Project will consist of 48 turbines with a total capacity of 201.6 megawatts and will be located southeast of Medicine Hat, Alberta in Cypress County. It will support energy transition in the region using a responsible and sustainable approach to economic development.

DGPP will own 40.5% of the Project, EDF Renewables Canada will hold 34.5%, and the Blood Tribe, a First Nation located at Stand Off, Alberta and advised by Indigena Capital, LP, will own the remaining 25% stake. The Project will be developed, built, and operated by  EDF Renewables Canada, which has developed ten wind farm projects across Canada to date. Construction will start in 2020 and is expected to be operational by 2021.

The Cypress Wind Project will be developed in collaboration with the local communities, to ensure it is carried out in a manner that is respectful of the needs, heritage and future of Cypress County. The Project is expected to create 250 jobs at peak construction and provide up to 10 long-term positions during its operational life.

 "Desjardins is proud to contribute to the Cypress Wind Project in partnership with the Blood Tribe and  EDF Renewables Canada Inc., one of our long-standing partners," said Guy Cormier, president and CEO of  Desjardins Group. "Desjardins has made it a priority to invest in green infrastructure, reflecting our commitment to a fair energy transition. It has invested globally over $1.2 billion in green energy projects, showing leadership in the renewable energy infrastructure space.""

EDF Renewables Canada is pleased to expand its long-standing partnership with Desjardins," said Nate  McMurry, Vice President Divestiture and Portfolio Strategy for  EDF Renewables North America.  "We are proud to be developing an attractive opportunity for an experienced infrastructure investor."

The Project is one of eight wind projects selected to enter into a Renewable Electricity Support Agreement by the Alberta Electric System Operator in rounds 2 and 3 of the competitive procurement process for its RenewableElectricity Program, which were launched in March 2018.

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