- The project represents SolarBank’s first organic development in the Province of Alberta
- The project is expected to generate carbon offsets under Alberta’s TIER Regulations
Toronto, Ontario, September 21, 2023 — SolarBank Corporation (CSE: SUNN; OTC: SUUNF; FSE: GY2) (“SolarBank” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has executed a lease agreement on a 74.93 acre site located in Sturgeon County, Alberta. SolarBank intends to develop a ground-mount solar power project located on the site with an installed capacity of 16.817MW DC (the “Project”).
The Company has submitted its initial interconnection request for the Project and is awaiting the results of that process which is discussed further below. meanwhile, the Company has started environmental studies for the future permitting process. The intention upon completion of the Project is that it will operate as a Small Scale Generator selling electricity directly to the grid. The Company expects that upon the Project successfully commencing operation that it will generate steady long-term revenues, and in addition, carbon offsets under Alberta’s TIER system.
Alberta has established the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Regulation, which is at the core of emissions management in Alberta. The TIER system implements Alberta’s industrial carbon pricing and emissions trading system. TIER helps industrial facilities find innovative ways to reduce emissions and invest in clean technology to stay competitive and save money.
“We are excited to be proceeding with our first organic project in the Province of Alberta, expanding SolarBank’s geographic reach,” said Dr. Richard Lu, Chief Executive Officer at SolarBank. “We are happy to be developing a project that should be able to support Alberta’s TIER system which achieves emissions reductions using an approach that is cost-efficient and tailored to Alberta’s industries and priorities.”
The Alberta Utilities Commission (“AUC”) has announced a pause on approvals of new renewable electricity generation projects over one megawatt until Feb. 29, 2024, and that it will review policies and procedures for the development of renewable electricity generation. This pause will impact the Company’s receipt of interconnection approval for the Project from the AUC until it is over, but in the interim the Company will advance its environmental and other studies, along with permits that are unrelated to the AUC.
There are several risks associated with the development of the Project. The development of any project is subject to receipt of interconnection approval, receipt of required permits, the continued availability of third-party financing arrangements for the Company, the length of the AUC announced pause on approval of new renewable electricity generation projects and the risks associated with the construction of a solar power project. In addition, governments may revise, reduce or eliminate incentives and policy support schemes for solar power, which could result in future projects no longer being economic. Please refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” for additional discussion of the assumptions and risk factors associated with the statements in this press release.
About SolarBank Corporation
SolarBank Corporationis an independent renewable and clean energy project developer and owner focusing on distributed and community solar projects in Canada and the USA. The Company develops solar projects that sell electricity to utilities, commercial, industrial, municipal and residential off-takers. The Company maximizes returns via a diverse portfolio of projects across multiple leading solar markets including projects with utilities, host off-takers, community solar, and virtual net metering projects. The Company has a potential development pipeline of over one gigawatt and has developed renewable and clean energy projects with a combined capacity of over 70 megawatts built. To learn more about SolarBank, please visit www.solarbankcorp.com.
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Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of the experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate, and are subject to risks and uncertainties. In making the forward looking statements included in this news release, the Company has made various material assumptions, including but not limited to: obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals; that regulatory requirements will be maintained; general business and economic conditions; the Company’s ability to successfully execute its plans and intentions; the availability of financing on reasonable terms; the AUC announced pause on approval of new renewable electricity generation projects ends on February 29, 2024; the Company’s ability to attract and retain skilled staff; market competition; the products and services offered by the Company’s competitors; that the Company’s current good relationships with its service providers and other third parties will be maintained; and government subsidies and funding for renewable energy will continue as currently contemplated. Although the Company believes that the assumptions underlying these statements are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect, and the Company cannot assure that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Given these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to the Company’s expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including those listed under “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the final long form prospectus of the Company dated February 10, 2023, and other public filings of the Company, which include: the Company may be adversely affected by volatile solar power market and industry conditions; the execution of the Company’s growth strategy depends upon the continued availability of third-party financing arrangements; the AUC announced pause on approval of new renewable electricity generation projects is extended or results in a restrictive permitting process that makes the Project unviable; the Company’s future success depends partly on its ability to expand the pipeline of its energy business in several key markets; governments may revise, reduce or eliminate incentives and policy support schemes for solar and battery storage power; general global economic conditions may have an adverse impact on our operating performance and results of operations; the Company’s project development and construction activities may not be successful; developing and operating solar projects exposes the Company to various risks; the Company faces a number of risks involving Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”) and project-level financing arrangements; any changes to the laws, regulations and policies that the Company is subject to may present technical, regulatory and economic barriers to the purchase and use of solar power; the markets in which the Company competes are highly competitive and evolving quickly; an anti-circumvention investigation could adversely affect the Company by potentially raising the prices of key supplies for the construction of solar power projects; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; a change in the Company’s effective tax rate can have a significant adverse impact on its business; seasonal variations in demand linked to construction cycles and weather conditions may influence the Company’s results of operations; the Company may be unable to generate sufficient cash flows or have access to external financing; the Company may incur substantial additional indebtedness in the future; the Company is subject to risks from supply chain issues; risks related to inflation; unexpected warranty expenses that may not be adequately covered by the Company’s insurance policies; if the Company is unable to attract and retain key personnel, it may not be able to compete effectively in the renewable energy market; there are a limited number of purchasers of utility-scale quantities of electricity; compliance with environmental laws and regulations can be expensive; corporate responsibility may adversely impose additional costs; the future impact of COVID-19 on the Company is unknown at this time; the Company has limited insurance coverage; the Company will be reliant on information technology systems and may be subject to damaging cyberattacks; the Company may become subject to litigation; there is no guarantee on how the Company will use its available funds; the Company will continue to sell securities for cash to fund operations, capital expansion, mergers and acquisitions that will dilute the current shareholders; and future dilution as a result of financings.
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