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LONGUEUIL, QC, July 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) (“Innergex” or the “Corporation”) announces the full commissioning of the 9 MW / 9 MWh Tonnerre battery energy storage system in France. Located at Joux-la-Ville in Bourgogne-France-Comté, in the vicinity of Innergex’s Yonne and Yonne II wind farms, the facility will provide grid stability and help balance and secure the French power transmission system.

The energy storage solution has been designed by EVLO, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec. The IEC 62933-certified and UL9540A-tested battery energy storage system (BESS) enclosure includes several exclusive safety features and uses a unique lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology, known for its superior thermal and chemical stability. In addition, EVLO’s Energy Management System (EMS) was successfully used to meet the client’s high standards for frequency containment reserve on the transmission system.

“Being Innergex’s first stand-alone battery project, the commissioning of Tonnerre is a considerable achievement for Innergex, and I am very proud of the incredible work of our team in France,” said Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex. “As the energy transition accelerates worldwide, zero-emission and carbon-free grids relying more heavily on renewables will require energy storage, grid stability and ancillary services. The market for battery energy storage systems will continue to increase, and our team is ready to continue to seize new storage development opportunities.”

“The full commissioning of the Tonnerre project represents an important milestone for EVLO and we are honoured to have achieved it with Innergex, an experienced developer with an impressive portfolio of projects. With our dedicated team and deep knowledge of electrical grid requirements, we are proud to play an active role in the energy transition and to support utilities’ and independent power producers’ efforts to mitigate grid resilience challenges,” said Sonia St-Arnaud, President and Chief Executive Officer of EVLO.

Tonnerre has been awarded a 7-year Contract for Difference offering a fixed-price contract for capacity certificate with the Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE). The facility will generate additional revenues that will vary based on prevailing energy pricing. In the current context of rising electricity prices in France, Tonnerre is a complement to Innergex’s portfolio that will be leveraged to its full potential.

About Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

For over 30 years, Innergex has believed in a world where abundant renewable energy promotes healthier communities and creates shared prosperity. As an independent renewable power producer which develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and energy storage facilities, Innergex is convinced that generating power from renewable sources will lead the way to a better world. Innergex conducts operations in Canada, the United States, France and Chile and manages a large portfolio of high-quality assets currently consisting of interests in 84 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 3,484 MW (gross 4,184 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 159 MWh, including 40 hydroelectric facilities, 35 wind farms, 8 solar farms and 1 battery energy storage facility. Innergex also holds interests in 13 projects under development, 2 of which are under construction, with a net installed capacity of 733 MW (gross 770 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 745 MWh, as well as prospective projects at different stages of development with an aggregate gross installed capacity totaling 6,679 MW. Its approach to building shareholder value is to generate sustainable cash flows, provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on invested capital and to distribute a stable dividend.

About EVLO Energy Storage Inc.

Established in Québec, Canada, EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO) is a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, North America’s largest renewable energy producer. EVLO is a full storage system service provider offering customized battery energy storage systems, control software, installation, inspection and system management, and an end-of-life battery recycling program. EVLO’s energy storage product line includes containerized utility-scale systems.

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