Renewable energy developers Boralex Inc. (TSX: BLX) from Canada and UK-based Infinergy are pleased to announce the execution of a 50-50 joint venture agreement, aimed at developing a pipeline of onshore wind projects essentially located in Scotland for a total estimated capacity of 325 MW. The joint venture comprises a pipeline of 10 wind projects varying from 6 to 80 MW and would allow Boralex to acquire or resell the projects over the coming years. The projects are at different stages of development, from early stage to being on the verge of full authorisation.
“With Scotland’s strong political will to support the growth of all its renewable energy sources, we are excited to start working with our new partners Infinergy,” said Patrick Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boralex. “We are confident that Boralex will be able to contribute its unparalleled experience as a wind developer to complement Infinergy’s. We share the common objectives to develop, build and operate as many projects as possible over the next 5 to 7 years.”
“Working together with Boralex enables Infinergy to continue its successful track record of developing onshore wind energy projects, said Esbjörn Wilmar, Chief Executive of Infinergy Ltd. We are very pleased to team up with a new partner who shares our positive outlook on renewable energy in general and the opportunities for onshore wind in Scotland in particular.”
Infinergy has delivered more than 350 MW of onshore wind projects in the UK, achieving an 80% success rate to date. To achieve the development phase of the projects, Boralex and Infinergy have committed to investing a total of £6.6m ($Cdn 10.9M) until the end of 2019 (£5.5m for Boralex or $Cdn 9.1M). With close to 70 MW of other wind projects already being developed by Boralex in Scotland, this joint venture allows the company to materially increase its future footprint as well as taking advantage of the significant Scottish wind resource. Infinergy will act as the principal developer of the joint venture projects.
The joint venture reaffirms Boralex’s belief in the long-term sustainability for wind and renewable energy development in Europe. Facing declining state subsidies for wind energy all around Europe, the choice to focus on Scotland, knowing it possesses the most favourable wind conditions in Europe, made it very logical both strategically and tactically.