- Continued Growth of SolarBank’s Independent Power Producer Portfolio
- Projects have been in operation for seven years.
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2023 – SolarBank Corporation (CSE: SUNN; OTC: SUUNF; FSE: GY2) (“SolarBank” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into share purchase agreements (the “SPAs“) dated October 23, 2023 to acquire control of two corporations that hold solar projects located in Ontario with a combined capacity of 2.5 MW (the “Projects“) for consideration of 278,875 common shares (the “Consideration Shares“) of SolarBank (the “Transaction“). The corporations OFIT GM Inc. and OFIT RT Inc. (the “Purchased Entities“) have been operating the Projects since 2017.
“We are strategically acquiring solar power projects as an independent power producer to drive steady growth,” said Dr. Richard Lu, Chief Executive Officer at SolarBank. “Our focus on sustainability ensures a responsible approach to energy. With each project, we are contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future, one step at a time.”
Pursuant to the terms of the SPAs, SolarBank will acquire 49.9% ownership of OFIT RT Inc. where Whitesand First Nation owns the remaining shares of OFIT RT Inc. The Company will also acquire 49.9% ownership of OFIT GM Inc. where the Town of Kapuskasing owns the remaining shares of OFIT GM Inc. The closing of the Transaction is subject to certain customary conditions including the receipt of consents from lenders to the Purchased Entities, landlords for the leases of the solar sites and shareholders of the Purchased Entities.
Dr. Richard Lu, the President & Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company is indirectly a shareholder of the Purchased Entities and will indirectly receive one-third of the Consideration Shares. As a result, the Transaction is considered a related party transaction within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101“). The Transaction is exempt from the formal valuation requirements, the minority shareholder approval and information circular requirements of MI 61-101 pursuant to sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101, as neither the fair market value of the consideration to be issued under the Transaction nor the consideration to be paid by the insiders will exceed 25% of the Company’s market capitalization. The Company will not file a material change report related to this Transaction more than 21 days before the expected closing of the Transaction as required by MI 61-101 since the Company wishes to close on an expedited basis for sound business reasons. The securities of the Company that will be acquired by the related party will be acquired pursuant to an exemption from the prospectus requirement in section 2.12 of National Instrument 45-106.
About SolarBank Corporation
SolarBank Corporation is 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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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 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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