Recent Mexican energy reforms have resulted in strong market fundamentals and created bilateral power generation and marketing opportunities, backed by growing industrial demand for power and renewable attributes. La Lucha will advance to construction while Northland’s experienced development team in Mexico continues to negotiate bilateral power contracts with a range of local commercial and industrial offtakers in the market.
“The robust fundamentals of Mexico’s power markets give us the confidence to build La Lucha as our first attractive investment opportunity in the country,” said Javier Chavarria, Managing Director, Development for Latin America. "There is significant interest within the Mexican industrial sector to meet some of their energy needs through contracts linked to renewable power facilities like La Lucha."
Northland originated the La Lucha project and has obtained all major permits required for construction of the facility. Construction activities will commence shortly, with project completion expected in the second half of 2020. Northland will initially fund La Lucha through a combination of cash and its corporate credit facility. Subsequently, Northland expects to utilize non-recourse project financing to finance La Lucha once it secures offtake agreements, closer to project completion.
“Today’s decision represents an exciting step in the evolution of Northland’s generation business with our first project focused on the commercial and industrial customer segment,” noted Mike Crawley, President and CEO of Northland. "La Lucha is the first investment opportunity to come out of our regional development offices located in Toronto, Houston, London, Seoul and soon, Tokyo. These offices are designed to put knowledgeable, local and experienced development teams on the ground in our identified growth markets. This also represents our first step towards moving closer to the end customer in select markets to drive more accretive growth."
ABOUT NORTHLAND POWER
Northland Power is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce ‘clean’ (natural gas) and ‘green’ (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities.
The Company owns or has an economic interest in 2,429 MW (net 2,014 MW) of operating generating capacity and 399 MW of generating capacity under construction, representing the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project in the North Sea and the La Lucha solar project in Mexico. In addition, the Company has a 60% equity stake in the 1,044 MW Hai Long projects under development in Taiwan.
Northland's common shares, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 preferred shares and Series C convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.B, NPI.PR.C and NPI.DB.C, respectively.
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