Elisa Wood reports in Microgrid Knowledge that Anbaric, a developer of microgrids and transmission projects, has formed a joint venture with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to construct $2 billion in energy infrastructure in North America. Anbaric is a member of the International District Energy Association and its subsidiary Microgrid Resources Coalition.
Called Anbaric Development Partners, the company will be led by the existing Anbaric management team with Ontario Teachers’ providing the financial infusion.
“Today’s announcement is a critical step forward in linking an institutional investor with an energy infrastructure company at a key inflection point for the electric power grid,” said Edward Krapels, Anbaric founder and CEO. “Ontario Teachers’ investment in Anbaric creates an attractive launching pad for generating innovative energy jobs and boosting local economies while replacing our deteriorating and outdated fossil fuel-oriented grid with new and sustainable energy alternatives. This includes sophisticated high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission technology and microgrid projects that will bring renewables online with greater efficiency.”
Andrew Claerhout, senior managing director for infrastructure and natural resources at Ontario Teachers’, said that the investment fits the fund’s goal “of finding new ways to diversify through opportunities that have significant, long-term revenue stream potential.”
“With our thoughtful and reputable partners at Anbaric, we will strategically invest earlier in the asset lifecycle seeking attractive returns for our members with the added benefit of participating in projects that support the transition to a low carbon economy,” he said.
The partnership marks the largest financial commitment by an investor in Anbaric’s 15-year history.
Renewable microgrid planned for South Alberta
Plans are underway to develop a community renewable energy microgrid demonstration project in Southeast Alberta in partnership with Medicine Hat College (MHC), BluEnergy Solar Wind Canada (BSWC), and the City of Medicine Hat.
The microgrid will be made available to companies to test and demonstrate their technologies and gauge how they interact with the grid. For example, BSWC plans to test its wind and solar hybrid UrbaVento technology on the microgrid. Project backers hope the microgrid will attract investors from around the world.
The renewable microgrid is described in the “Southeast Alberta Energy Diversification Report,” issued by the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta, with funding from Alberta Labor, and in partnership with Medicine Hat College.