CDPQ lends $107 mln to solar producer Potentia Renewables

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) said it will provide $107 million in debt financing to Potentia Renewables Inc, a Toronto developer and operator of solar energy systems for rooftop and ground installations in North America. The funds raised will support development of additional solar and wind projects by the company, which currently operates 569 arrays with a total generation capacity of about 97 megawatts. CDPQ previously invested in the construction of a Potentia solar array project.

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La Caisse provides $107-million loan to Potentia Renewables, increasing presence in the clean energy sector

Montréal, May 1, 2017 – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec announced today that it will provide $107 million of debt financing to Potentia Renewables, the largest independent rooftop solar power producer in Canada.

The funds will aid the development of additional renewable power projects by Potentia, whose solar arrays are diversely located on the rooftops of schools and commercial and industrial locations. Its 569 arrays currently in operation have a generation capacity of approximately 97 megawatts, enough to power over 12,000 homes per year. The electricity generated is sold to the local electrical grid under 20-year power purchase agreements, resulting in stable, long-term revenue streams and relatively fixed costs.

In 2014, la Caisse invested in the construction of a Potentia solar array project which was recently completed. “Over the years, Potentia has demonstrated its ability to deliver successful projects. Today’s transaction provides the company with the financing necessary to expand its portfolio of assets in the renewable energy sector,” said Marc Cormier, Executive Vice-President, Fixed Income at la Caisse. “In addition to increasing the population’s access to green energy, this is a prime example of the importance la Caisse places on assets that provide persistent returns in a promising sector.”

“We are pleased to complete the financing with la Caisse and successfully build on our existing debt relationship with a premier pension fund manager,” said Jeff Jenner, Chief Executive Officer, Potentia Renewables Inc. “Potentia will use the capital to invest in its large platform of solar and wind development projects in North America and abroad and accelerate its profitable growth.”

Through this transaction, la Caisse adds to its growing investments in solar energy, an industry which has been marked by recent significant growth. La Caisse’s investments in solar power include an interest in one of India’s largest solar power producers, in addition to multiple Canadian solar projects. La Caisse is also a major investor in wind power projects across North America and in Western Europe.

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Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2016, it held $270.7 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. For more information, visit cdpq.com, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

For further information: Jean-Benoît Houde, Senior Advisor, Media Relations, 1 514 847-2571, jbhoude@cdpq.com

Photo courtesy of Potentia Renewables Inc