EDP Renováveis executes project finance for its first project in Canada
EDP Renewables (EDP Renewables, Euronext: EDPR), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind energy producer, has executed a project finance structure agreement for its first wind farm in Canada. The South Branch project located in Ontario with an installed capacity of 30 MW has secured a 20 year Feed-in Tariff awarded by the Ontario Power Authority.
The long-term contracted debt facility amounts to $49 million (Canadian dollars) and the funding is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2014. EDPR financing strategy is to contract long-term debt in local currency at competitive prices in order to mitigate the refinancing risk and to reduce the foreign exchange risk by having a natural hedge between revenues and costs.
With the successful execution of its first wind project in Canada, EDPR adds to its portfolio a market with a low risk profile and attractive wind resource and extends its geographical diversification to 11 markets around the world (US, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Poland, Romania, UK, Italy, Brazil and Canada).
About EDP Renewables (EDPR)
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 11 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the US, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK and Romania). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the majority shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP is Portugal’s largest industrial group and the only Portuguese company to form part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (World and STOXX).