Pattern Energy Group Inc.
Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/14/2017 17:16:31)

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

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FORM 8-K

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CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

  of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): August 10, 2017

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PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC.  

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware 001-36087 90-0893251
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission (IRS Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification Number)

 

 

Pier 1, Bay 3

San Francisco, CA 94111

  (Address and zip code of principal executive offices)

 

(415) 283-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

  (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement .

 

Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement and Shareholder Agreement for Meikle Wind Energy

 

In connection with the consummation of the Meikle PSA (as defined and described in Item 2.01 below), on August 10, 2017, Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC (“ Pattern Canada ”) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Pattern Energy Group Inc. (the “ Company ”)) entered into each of (1) an Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement with Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. (“ Vertuous Canada ”) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“ PSP Investments ”)) and Meikle Wind Energy Corp. (“ Meikle Corp ”) dated August 10, 2017 (the “ Meikle Limited Partnership Agreement ”) and (2) a Shareholders Agreement with Vertuous Canada and Meikle Corp dated August 10, 2017 (the “ Meikle Shareholders Agreement ”). PSP Investments holds approximately 9.9% of the Company’s outstanding Class A common stock.

 

Meikle Corp is the general partner of the Meikle Project Company (as defined in Item 2.01 below), and the Meikle Limited Partnership Agreement sets forth provisions relating to governing the affairs of the Meikle Project Company, including with respect to (among other things) the rights, powers, duties and obligations of the general partner; capital contributions; financing of the Meikle Project Company; transfers and dispositions by a limited partner of the Meikle Project Company; and allocations of profits and losses.

 

The Meikle Shareholders Agreement sets forth provisions agreed to between Pattern Canada and Vertuous Canada, as the shareholders of Meikle Corp, relating to governing the affairs of Meikle Corp, including with respect to (among other things) corporate affairs; management and approvals; the project operating budget, capital calls and distributions; transfers and dispositions of shares; and books and records of Meikle Corp.

 

Forms of the Meikle Limited Partnership Agreement and Meikle Shareholders Agreement were attached to the Meikle PSA, which was previously recommended by the Conflicts Committee of Pattern Energy’s Board of Directors, which is comprised solely of independent directors, for approval by the Pattern Energy Board of Directors, and approved by the Pattern Energy Board of Directors.

 

Copies of the Meikle Limited Partnership Agreement and Meikle Shareholders Agreement are attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated by reference herein. The foregoing descriptions of such agreements do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to such exhibits.

 

Item 2.01. Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets .

 

Meikle Purchase and Sale Agreement

 

On August 10, 2017, the Company consummated the transactions contemplated by the Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “ Meikle PSA ”) by and among the Company, Vertuous Canada Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP (“ Pattern Development 1.0 ”). Pursuant to the Meikle PSA, Pattern Canada purchased from affiliates of Pattern Development 1.0 a 50.99% limited partner interest in Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership (the “ Meikle Project Company ”) and 70% of the issued and outstanding shares of Meikle Corp (which holds a 0.02% general partner interest in the Meikle Project Company) in exchange for aggregate consideration of CAD$85,935,000. Concurrently, Vertuous Canada purchased from affiliates of Pattern Development 1.0 a 48.99% limited partner interest in the Meikle Project Company and 30% of the issued and outstanding shares of Meikle Corp in exchange for aggregate consideration of CAD$82,565,000.

 

The Meikle Project Company operates the approximately 179 megawatt wind farm located in the Peace River Regional District of British Columbia, Canada, which achieved commercial operations in the first quarter of 2017.  Immediately after the closing, the Company’s owned capacity with respect to the wind farm was approximately 91 megawatts.

 

The Meikle PSA was previously recommended by the Conflicts Committee of Pattern Energy’s Board of Directors, which is comprised solely of independent directors, for approval by the Pattern Energy Board of Directors, and approved by the Pattern Energy Board of Directors.

 

 

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On August 14, 2017, the Company issued a press release. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

The information included in this Current Report on Form 8-K under this Item 7.01 (including Exhibit 99.1 hereto) is being “furnished” and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of Section 18, nor shall it be incorporated by reference into a filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing. The information included in this Current Report on Form 8-K under this Item 7.01 (including Exhibit 99.1 hereto) will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information required to be disclosed solely to satisfy the requirements of Regulation FD.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

a. Financial statements of businesses acquired.

 

The financial information required by Item 9.01(a) of this Current Report on Form 8-K has not been included with this filing and will be filed by amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K not later than seventy-one (71) calendar days after the date that this Current Report on Form 8-K must be filed.

 

b. Pro forma financial information.

 

The pro forma financial information required by Item 9.01(b) of this Current Report on Form 8-K has not been included with this filing and will be filed by amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K not later than seventy-one (71) calendar days after the date that this Current Report on Form 8-K must be filed.

 

d. Exhibits

 

Exhibit Number Description
10.1 Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement among Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC, Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. and Meikle Wind Energy Corp. dated as of August 10, 2017.
10.2 Shareholders Agreement among Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC, Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. and Meikle Wind Energy Corp. dated as of August 10, 2017.
99.1 Press release issued by the Company, dated August 14, 2017.

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Pattern Energy Group Inc. has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Dated: August 14, 2017

 

  PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC.  
     
  By: /s/ Kim H. Liou  
    Name: Kim H. Liou  
    Title: Secretary  

 

 

 

Exhibit Index

 

Exhibit Number Description
10.1 Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement among Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC, Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. and Meikle Wind Energy Corp. dated as of August 10, 2017.
10.2 Shareholders Agreement among Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC, Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. and Meikle Wind Energy Corp. dated as of August 10, 2017.
99.1 Press release issued by the Company, dated August 14, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

Execution Copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

 

 

 

Article 1 INTERPRETATION 2
1.1   Definitions 2
1.2   Schedules 10
1.3   Headings 10
1.4   Number and Gender 11
1.5   Business Days 11
1.6   Currency and Payment Obligations 11
1.7   Calculation of Interest 11
1.8   Accounting Principles 11
1.9   Statute and Agreement References 11
1.10   Section and Schedule References 11
1.11   Amendment and Restatement 12
Article 2 THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP 12
2.1   Formation and Name of Partnership 12
2.2   Single Purpose Entity 12
2.3   Business of the Partnership 12
2.4   Amendment of Certificate 12
2.5   Office of the Partnership 12
2.6   Dealings with Partnership 13
Article 3 THE LIMITED PARTNERS 13
3.1   Limitation on Authority of Limited Partners 13
3.2   Limited Liability of Limited Partners 13
3.3   Compliance with Laws 14
Article 4 RIGHTS, POWERS, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE GENERAL PARTNER 14
4.1   Powers, Duties and Obligations 14
4.2   Specific Powers and Duties 14
4.3   Related Party Contracts 16
4.4   Title to Property 16
4.5   No Commingling of Funds 16
4.6   Exercise of Duties 16
4.7   Limitation of Liability 16
4.8   Indemnity of General Partner 17
4.9   Indemnity of Partnership 17
4.10   Removal and Deemed Resignation of the General Partner 17
4.11   Transfer to New General Partner 18
4.12   Transfer of Title to New General Partner 18
4.13   Release by Partnership 18
4.14   New General Partner 18
4.15   Required Documents; Residency 18
4.16   Expenses 18
Article 5 CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS 19
5.1   Capital 19

 

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5.2   Authorized Capital 19
5.3   Attributes of Units 19
5.4   Capital Contributions 19
5.5   Issuance of Additional Units 20
5.6   Subscription for Units 20
5.7   Unit Certificates 20
5.8   Capital Accounts 20
5.9   Partnership Capital 21
Article 6 FINANCING OF THE PARTNERSHIP 21
6.1   Additional Capital Contributions 21
Article 7 TRANSFER & DISPOSITION BY A LIMITED PARTNER 22
7.1   General Prohibition 22
7.2   General Restrictions 22
7.3   Permitted Transfer 24
7.4   Permitted Transfers to Controlled Affiliates 24
7.5   Right of First Offer re: Transfer of Units by Limited Partners 25
7.6   Tag-Along Rights 26
7.7   Drag Along Rights 27
7.8   Conditions to Admission 29
7.9   Restrictions on Transfer 29
7.10   Continuing Obligations 30
7.11   Pledge of Units 30
7.12   Indirect Transfers 30
7.13   No Right of First Offer 31
Article 8 ALLOCATION OF PROFITS AND LOSSES 31
8.1   Distributions 31
8.2   Ownership of Partnership Property 31
8.3   Partnership Profit or Loss; Allocations 32
8.4   Income Tax Allocation 32
8.5   Tax Returns 32
8.6   Fiscal Year 33
Article 9 BOOKS AND RECORDS AND AUDITOR 33
9.1   Books and Records 33
9.2   Access to Information 33
9.3   Selection of Auditor and Reporting 34
9.4   Accounting Principles 35
Article 10 PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS 35
10.1   Partnership Meetings 35
Article 11 GENERAL SALE PROVISIONS 36
11.1   Warranties of Seller 36
11.2   Closing Conditionsf 37
11.3   Payment 37

 

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11.4   Allocation of Purchase Price 37
11.5   Indebtedness between Seller and the Partnership 37
11.6   Failure to Transfer Units 38
Article 12 CONFIDENTIALITY 38
12.1   Confidentiality 38
12.2   Public Announcements 40
12.3   Subsidiaries as Third Party Beneficiaries 40
12.4   Survival 41
Article 13 TERM, TERMINATION AND DEFAULT 41
13.1   Term 41
13.2   Termination 41
13.3   Limited Return of Capital Contributions Upon Dissolution 41
13.4   Distribution Upon Liquidation 42
Article 14 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES 43
14.1   General Partner Representations and Warranties 43
14.2   Representations and Warranties of the Limited Partners 44
14.3   Survival 45
Article 15 GENERAL 45
15.1   Limited Partner not a General Partner 45
15.2   Agreement to be Bound 45
15.3   Entire Agreement 46
15.4   Amendment 46
15.5   Rights of Set-Off 47
15.6   Waiver 47
15.7   Governing Law 47
15.8   Severability 47
15.9   Time of Essence 47
15.10   Further Assurances 47
15.11   Notice 47
15.12   Benefit/Binding 49
15.13   Dispute Resolution Procedure 49
15.14   Assignment 49
15.15   Legend on Certificates 49
15.16   Remedies 50
15.17   Withholding 50
15.18   Expenses 50
15.19   Independent Advice 50
15.20   Counterparts 50
15.21   Corporate Opportunities, Waiver of Fiduciary Duties, Etc. 50

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AMENDED AND RESTATED LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

 

THIS AMENDED AND RESTATED LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (the “ Agreement ”) is made as of August 10, 2017 among:

 

PATTERN CANADA FINANCE COMPANY ULC , a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia, along with its successors and permitted assigns

(“ Pattern Limited Partner ”),

 

and

 

VERTUOUS ENERGY CANADA INC. , a corporation existing under the laws of the Canada, along with its successors and permitted assigns,

(“ PSP Limited Partner ”),

 

and

 

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY CORP. , a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia,

(the “ General Partner ”).

 

WHEREAS Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership (the “ Partnership ”) was formed as a limited partnership under the laws of the Province of British Columbia on August 13, 2010;

 

AND WHEREAS the General Partner and Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC (“ PRHC Holdings LP ”) are parties to a limited partnership agreement dated as of August 13, 2010 (the “ Original Limited Partnership Agreement ”), which was amended and restated by an Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement dated as of April 15, 2014 (the “ 2014 Limited Partnership Agreement ”), as amended by an Amendment to Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement dated as of May 26, 2015 (the 2014 Limited Partnership Agreement, as so amended, the “ Prior Limited Partnership Agreement ”) for the purpose of governing the affairs of the Partnership;

 

AND WHEREAS PRHC Holdings LP assigned its limited partnership interest in the Partnership to Pattern Meikle LP Holdings LP (the “ Former Pattern LP ”) as of August 10, 2017;

 

AND WHEREAS the Former Pattern LP was wound up and dissolved as of August 10, 2017 with the result that the limited partnership interest in the Partnership held by Former Pattern LP was transferred to PRHC Holdings LP;

 

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AND WHEREAS on August 10, 2017, PRHC Holdings LP transferred 5,099 Units of the Partnership to Pattern Limited Partner and 4,899 Units of the Partnership to PSP Limited Partner;

 

AND WHEREAS the General Partner, Pattern Limited Partner and the PSP Limited Partner wish to amend and restate the Prior Limited Partnership Agreement;

 

NOW THEREFORE , in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged by each of the Parties, the Parties agree as set forth below.

 

Article 1
INTERPRETATION

 

1.1 Definitions

 

In this Agreement, unless there is something in the subject matter or context inconsistent therewith, the following words and terms will have the following meanings:

 

(1) 2014 Limited Partnership Agreement ” has the meaning set forth in the recitals to this Agreement;

 

(2) Act ” means the Partnership Act (British Columbia);

 

(3) Additional Contribution ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1(5);

 

(4) Administration Services ” means the administration services provided by the PAA Provider to the Project pursuant to the PAA, which includes the bookkeeping, accounting, administration of accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparation of financial statements and tax returns, loan administration (other than loan administration to be provided in relation to construction loan and project financing for the Project as set forth in the O&M Contract) and other administrative services that may be customarily requested and agreed by the PAA Provider and the General Partner from time to time that are provided for the benefit of the Partnership in respect of the Project;

 

(5) Affiliate ” means, in respect of a Party, any Person that as at the time determined, (i) Controls such Party, (ii) is Controlled by such Party, or (iii) is Controlled by the same Person that Controls such Party; provided that (x) neither the Partnership nor the General Partner shall be deemed an Affiliate of either Pattern or PSP for any purpose hereunder, (y) neither Pattern Energy Group LP nor Pattern Energy Group 2 LP shall be deemed an Affiliate of either Pattern or PSP for any purpose hereunder, and (z) neither Partner shall be deemed an Affiliate of the other Partner for any purpose hereunder;

 

(6) Agreement ”, “ this Agreement ”, “ hereto ”, “ herein ”, “ hereby ”, “ hereunder ”, “ hereof ” and similar expressions refer to this Agreement and not to any particular Article, Section, subsection, clause, subdivision or other portion hereof and include any and every amending agreement and agreement supplemental or ancillary hereto;

 

(7) Annual Financial Statements ” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.3(3);

 

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(8) Applicable Law ” means:

 

(a) applicable federal, state, provincial or municipal laws, orders-in-council, bylaws, codes, rules, policies, regulations and statutes;

 

(b) applicable orders, decisions, codes, judgments, rules, injunctions, decrees, awards and writs of any Governmental Agency;

 

(c) applicable rulings and conditions of any license, permit, certificate, registration, authorization, consent and approval issued by a Governmental Agency;

 

(9) Auditors ” means the auditors of the Partnership as determined by the General Partner from time to time;

 

(10) Bank ” means the bank that is appointed the principal banker of the Partnership from time to time;

 

(11) Board ” means the board of directors of the General Partner appointed or elected from time to time;

 

(12) Business ” means the business and activities of the Partnership which shall be limited to acquiring, financing, developing, owning, leasing, selling, procuring, encumbering, securing, designing, constructing, reconstructing, erecting, installing, testing, commissioning, decommissioning, improving, replacing, relocating, removing, repairing, maintaining, using, monitoring, managing, operating, repowering, dismantling, and disposing of the Project;

 

(13) Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday in San Francisco, California, USA or Montreal, Quebec, Canada;

 

(14) Capital Account ” means the account to be maintained by the Partnership for each Partner in accordance with Section 5.8;

 

(15) Capital Call ” means a call by the General Partner to the Partners to contribute a specified amount of money to the Partnership;

 

(16) Capital Contribution ” means the money contributed from time to time by a Partner (or its predecessor in interest) to the capital of the Partnership; the aggregate Capital Contribution of each Limited Partner on the date of this Agreement is set forth in Schedule “A” under the heading “Capital Contribution” and shall be updated by the General Partner from time to time;

 

(17) Certificate ” means the certificate registered under the Act forming the Partnership, as amended from time to time;

 

(18) COD ” means the Commercial Operation Date of the Project, as defined in the Power Purchase Agreement, being January 31, 2017;

 

(19) Competitively Sensitive Information ” has the meaning set forth in Section 12.1(2);

 

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(20) Competitor ” means a Person that directly or indirectly (including through one or more Affiliates) develops or operates wind power or solar power projects (“ Competitive Activities ”); but for the purposes of the restrictions on transfer set forth in Section 7.9, the definition of “ Competitor ” shall not include a pension fund, investment fund, pooled investment vehicle, insurance company or institutional investor that is directly or indirectly engaged in such activities through another Person (including through one or more Affiliates); provided that (a) the transferee’s primary business activity is not its direct or indirect ownership of such Person, and (b) such transfer shall not be to the Person that is directly engaged in Competitive Activities;

 

(21) Confidential Information ” has the meaning set forth in Section 12.1(1);

 

(22) Contract ” means any agreement, indenture, contract, purchase order, lease, sublease, deed of trust, licence, option or instrument, in any case, whether written or oral;

 

(23) Contributing Limited Partner ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1(5);

 

(24) Control” or “Controls ” means, with respect to any Person at any time, (i) holding, whether directly or indirectly, as owner or other beneficiary (other than solely as the beneficiary of an unrealized security interest) securities or ownership interests of that Person carrying votes or ownership interests sufficient to elect or appoint more than 50% of the individuals who are responsible for the supervision or management of that Person, or (ii) the exercise of de facto control of that Person, whether direct or indirect and whether through the ownership of securities or ownership interests or by Contract, trust or otherwise, and “ Controlled ” and “ Controlling ” have corresponding meanings;

 

(25) Controlled Affiliate ” means (i) in respect of PSP, an Affiliate of PSP that is Controlled by Public Sector Pension Investment Board, and (ii) in respect of Pattern, an Affiliate of Pattern that is Controlled by PEGI;

 

(26) Dispute ” has the meaning set forth in Section 15.13;

 

(27) Drag Along Notice ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(1);

 

(28) Drag Along Sale ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(1);

 

(29) Drag Sale Interests ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(1);

 

(30) Encumbrance ” means any mortgage, lien, encumbrance, charge, pledge, hypothecation, assignment by way of security, security interest, title retention, preferential right or trust arrangement, easement or any other security arrangement or any other arrangement having the same effect;

 

(31) Entity ” means any Person other than a natural person;

 

(32) EPC Contract ” means the balance of plant agreement entered into by and between the Partnership and the EPC Contractor, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the Project;

 

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(33) EPC Contractor ” means Borea Construction ULC which was engaged by the Partnership pursuant to the EPC Contract;

 

(34) Escalated Good Faith Discussions ” has the meaning set forth in Section 15.13;

 

(35) Financial Statements ” means, collectively, the Annual Financial Statements and the Quarterly Financial Statements;

 

(36) Fiscal Year ” has the meaning set forth in Section 8.6;

 

(37) Funding Notice ” has the meaning set forth in the Section 6.1(1);

 

(38) GAAP ” means United States generally acceptable accounting principles, as such principles may be amended, varied or replaced from time to time and as accepted and adopted by the applicable Party, which are applicable as at the date on which any calculation made hereunder is to be effective or as at the date of any Financial Statements referred to herein;

 

(39) General Partner ” means Meikle Wind Energy Corp. and any other Person that is admitted as a general partner of the Partnership from time to time;

 

(40) Governmental Agency ” means any federal or national, state, provincial, county, municipal or local government or regulatory or supervisory department, body, political subdivision, commission, agency, instrumentality, ministry, court, judicial or administrative body, taxing authority, or other authority thereof (including any corporation or other entity owned or controlled by any of the foregoing) acting in a regulatory capacity and having jurisdiction over the matter or Person in question, including the Power Authority;

 

(41) GST ” means goods and services taxes imposed pursuant to the Excise Tax Act (Canada) or any successor legislation thereto;

 

(42) including ” means including without limitation, and “ includes ” means includes without limitation;

 

(43) Income Tax Act ” means the Income Tax Act (Canada);

 

(44) Initial Good Faith Discussions ” has the meaning set forth in Section 15.13;

 

(45) Interconnection Agreement ” has the meaning given to it in the Power Purchase Agreement;

 

(46) Land Rights Acquisition Agreement ” means a Contract between the Partnership and a third party that sets out the terms on which real property will be assigned, sold, transferred or leased to the Partnership, from such third party;

 

(47) Land Rights Agreement ” means a Contract between the Partnership and a third party that sets out the terms and conditions on which such third party grants tenure Access Rights (as defined in the Power Purchase Agreement) to the Partnership;

 

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(48) Limited Partners ” means Pattern and PSP, and such other Partners as may be admitted to the Partnership as a limited partner from time to time;

 

(49) Material Supplier Contract ” means (a) the TSA, (b) any Contract for the supply and/or installation of other major components of the Project, and (c) the EPC Contract;

 

(50) MW ” means megawatt;

 

(51) Non-Contributing Other Partner ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1(6);

 

(52) Non-Contributing Limited Partner ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1(6);

 

(53) O&M Contract ” means the management, operation and maintenance services agreement entered into by the Partnership and the O&M Provider, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the operations, management and maintenance of the Project;

 

(54) O&M Provider” means Pattern Operators Canada ULC or an Affiliate thereof, Pattern or an Affiliate thereof or a Permitted Transferee of Pattern or an Affiliate thereof, that is engaged by the Partnership pursuant to the O&M Contract to provide operations, management and maintenance services to the Partnership with respect to the Project;

 

(55) Operational Phase ” means the period from the date hereof to the date that the Project ceases operations;

 

(56) Original Limited Partnership Agreement ” has the meaning set forth in the recitals to this Agreement;

 

(57) PAA ” means the project administration agreement entered into by the Partnership and the PAA Provider, dated June 29, 2015, pursuant to which the PAA Provider provides Administration Services to the Project, the General Partner and the Partnership;

 

(58) PAA Provider ” means Pattern Operators Canada ULC or an Affiliate thereof that is engaged by the General Partner on behalf of the Partnership pursuant to the PAA to provide administration services to the Project, the General Partner and the Partnership;

 

(59) Partners” means collectively, the General Partner and the Limited Partners and “ Partner ” means any one of them;

 

(60) Partnership ” has the meaning set forth in the recitals to this Agreement;

 

(61) Partnership Losses ” means, with respect to a particular period, the unconsolidated net loss, if any, of the Partnership for such period determined in accordance with GAAP;

 

(62) Partnership Profits ” means, with respect to a particular period, the unconsolidated net profit, if any, of the Partnership for such period determined in accordance with GAAP;

 

(63) Party ” means a party to this Agreement;

 

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(64) Pattern ” means the Pattern Limited Partner or its Controlled Affiliates to which all but not less than all of the Units held by Pattern Limited Partner are Transferred and, in the case of a Transfer by Pattern Limited Partner of less than all of its Units to its Controlled Affiliate(s), means the Pattern Limited Partner and such Controlled Affiliate(s) together;

 

(65) PEGI ” means Pattern Energy Group Inc., a Delaware corporation;

 

(66) Permitted Transferee ” of a Limited Partner means a Transferee of Units pursuant to Section 7.3(1)(a) or 7.3(2)(a), as applicable, provided that, with respect to PSP, none of its portfolio companies or other investments shall be deemed a Permitted Transferee;

 

(67) Person ” means any individual (natural person), partnership, limited partnership, joint venture, syndicate, sole proprietorship, company or corporation with or without share capital, unincorporated association, limited liability company, trust, trustee, executor, administrator or other legal personal representative, Governmental Agency or entity however designated or constituted;

 

(68) Power Authority ” means British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, and any successor agency thereto;

 

(69) Power Purchase Agreement ” means the electricity purchase agreement between the Partnership and the Power Authority dated April 22, 2010, as thereafter amended from time to time, in respect of the Project;

 

(70) Prior General Partner ” means a General Partner that resigns, is deemed to resign, is removed or withdraws from the Partnership in accordance with Section 4.10;

 

(71) Prior Limited Partnership Agreement ” has the meaning set forth in the recitals to this Agreement;

 

(72) Project ” means the approximately 180MW wind energy generation facility which is located in the Peace Region of British Columbia;

 

(73) Project Agreements ” means Contracts of the types described in Schedule “B”;

 

(74) Project Assets ” means any and all assets directly used in, or connected with, the Business;

 

(75) Project Financing ” means the project financing with recourse limited to the Project Assets (including a pledge of shares of the General Partner or Units, assignments of certain of the Project Agreements, or any other arrangements as are customarily required by project finance lenders under a project financing of renewable energy projects) obtained by the Partnership from a lender or syndicate of lenders for purposes of financing the construction of the Project on June 29, 2015, and any refinancing thereof or financing supplemental thereto;

 

(76) Project Operating Budget ” means the budget including any amendments or agreed deviations thereto outlining the anticipated costs and expenses, the required capital

 

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contributions and the general expected timelines associated with the Operational Phase of the Project, to be prepared and approved by the General Partner;

 

(77) PSP ” means the PSP Limited Partner or its Controlled Affiliates to which all but not less than all of the Units held by PSP Limited Partner are Transferred and, in the case of a Transfer by PSP Limited Partner of less than all of its Units to its Controlled Affiliate(s), means the PSP Limited Partner and such Controlled Affiliate(s) together;

 

(78) Qualified Transferee ” means a party that has either (A)(x) a rating not less than “BBB” from S&P or “Baa3” from Moody’s or (y) is Controlled by an Affiliate meeting the criteria specified in (x), or (B) together with its Affiliate(s) on consolidated basis, a tangible net worth of at least US$500,000,000, or, in the case of an investment fund, pension plan or other similar entity, aggregate assets under management of at least US$500,000,000;

 

(79) Quarterly Financial Statements ” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.3(4);

 

(80) Related Party ” means, with respect to any Person, any Affiliate of such Person and any director, officer, employee and agent of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates;

 

(81) Related Party Contract ” had the meaning set forth in Section 4.3(1);

 

(82) Representatives ” means, with respect to any Entity, such Entity’s officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, advisors, attorneys, lenders, shareholders and other equity investors;

 

(83) Required Capital ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1(5);

 

(84) ROFO Acceptance Period ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(3);

 

(85) ROFO Declination ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(2);

 

(86) ROFO Notice ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(1);

 

(87) ROFO Offer ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(2);

 

(88) ROFO Offeree ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(1);

 

(89) ROFO Offeror ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(1);

 

(90) Shareholder Agreement ” means the Shareholder Agreement governing the business and affairs of the General Partner dated as of August 10, 2017;

 

(91) Single Purpose Entity ” means a Person, which:

 

(a) is formed or organized solely for the purpose of the Business;

 

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(b) does not engage, directly or indirectly in any business other than the Business and such undertakings as may be ancillary thereto or as the General Partner deems advisable in order to carry on the Business;

 

(c) holds itself out as being a Person, separate and apart from any other Person;

 

(d) does not commingle its assets with those of any other Person;

 

(e) conducts its own business in its own name (including by or through the General Partner acting as general partner of the Partnership) and provided same shall be restricted to the Business;

 

(f) does not acquire obligations or securities of its Partners or any Affiliate thereof other than as permitted by this definition of Single Purpose Entity;

 

(g) allocates fairly and reasonably any overhead of shared office space;

 

(h) does and will correct any known misunderstanding regarding its separate identity; and

 

(i) shall at all times be authorized to carry on business in the Province of British Columbia;

 

(92) Subject Ownership Interest ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(1);

 

(93) Subsidiary ” of any Person means an Entity Controlled by such Person, and “ Subsidiaries ” means more than one of the foregoing, as applicable;

 

(94) Tagging Interests ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.6;

 

(95) Tag Along Acceptance Notice ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.6;

 

(96) Tag Along Notice ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.6;

 

(97) Tag Along Purchaser ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.6;

 

(98) Tag Along Sale ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.6;

 

(99) Tag Sale Interests ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.6;

 

(100) Tax Income ” or “ Tax Loss ” of the Partnership for any Fiscal Year means the income or loss and any taxable capital gain or allowable capital loss of the Partnership, determined for that period in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Act ;

 

(101) Third Party ” means, with respect to Pattern or PSP, any Person who deals at arm’s length with Pattern or PSP, as the case may be;

 

(102) Third Party Transfer Documents ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(4);

 

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(103) Transfer ” means to sell, assign, dispose of, exchange, pledge, grant an Encumbrance over, hypothecate or otherwise transfer Units or any participation or interest therein, whether directly or indirectly (including pursuant to a derivative transaction), or agree or commit to do any of the foregoing and, except as provided in Section 7.12, a Transfer of the units or other equity interest in a Limited Partner or in any Person that directly or indirectly holds units or other equity interest in such Limited Partner (other than an Upstream Pledge or Upstream Realization, or as permitted pursuant to Section 7.12(2)), and “ to Transfer ”, “ Transferred ”, “ Transferor ” and “ Transferee ” and similar expressions have corresponding meanings;

 

(104) TSA ” means the turbine supply agreement entered into by the Partnership and General Electric Canada, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the Project;

 

(105) Turbine Service Agreement ” means the full service agreement entered into by the Partnership with General Electric Canada, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the Project;

 

(106) Unit Certificate ” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.7;

 

(107) Unit Interest(s) ” means the ownership percentages of the Units held by Partners, determined for a Partner as the percentage reflected by a fraction (x) the numerator of which is the number of Units owned by such Partner and (y) the denominator of which is the total number of issued and outstanding Units;

 

(108) Units ” means limited partnership units in the capital of the Partnership designated as Units, having the attributes set out in this Agreement;

 

(109) Upstream Pledge ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.11; and

 

(110) Upstream Realization ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.11.

 

1.2 Schedules

 

The following Schedules are attached to and form part of this Agreement:

 

Schedule Title

 

“A” Current Capital Contributions and Current Units

 

“B” Project Agreements

 

“C” Form of Unit Certificate

 

1.3 Headings

 

The division of this Agreement into sections and the insertion of headings are for convenience of reference only and will not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.

 

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1.4 Number and Gender

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa, and words importing gender include all genders.

 

1.5 Business Days

 

If this Agreement requires any payment to be made or other action to be taken on a day that is not a Business Day, then the payment or action will be made or taken on the next Business Day.

 

1.6 Currency and Payment Obligations

 

Except as this Agreement otherwise expressly provides, all dollar amounts in this Agreement are stated in Canadian dollars and any payment this Agreement contemplates will be made by cash, wire transfer, certified cheque or any other method that provides immediately available funds.

 

1.7 Calculation of Interest

 

In calculating interest payable under this Agreement for any period of time, the first day of such period will be included and the last day of such period will be excluded.

 

1.8 Accounting Principles

 

All accounting terms not specifically defined in this Agreement will be construed in accordance with GAAP. Where the character or amount of any asset or liability or item of revenue or expense is required to be determined, or any consolidation or other accounting computation is required to be made for the purpose of this Agreement or any certificate or other document made or delivered pursuant hereto, such determination or computation will, to the extent applicable and except as otherwise specified in this Agreement or as otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties, be made in accordance with GAAP applicable as at the date on which such determination or computation is made or required to be made, applied on a consistent basis.

 

1.9 Statute and Agreement References

 

Unless otherwise expressly stated, any reference in this Agreement to any statute or any section of a statute will be deemed to be a reference to such statute or section as amended, restated, replaced or re-enacted from time to time and any reference in this Agreement to any agreement will be deemed to be a reference to such agreement, as amended, supplemented or replaced from time to time.

 

1.10 Section and Schedule References

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, references in this Agreement to Articles, Sections, Subsections or Schedules are to articles, sections, subsections or schedules, as the case may be, of this Agreement.

 

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1.11 Amendment and Restatement

 

Effective as of the date hereof, the Prior Limited Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated as set forth herein without in any way affecting the liabilities of any Party which may have accrued prior to the date hereof pursuant to the provisions of the Prior Limited Partnership Agreement prior to its amendment and restatement hereby, and, as so amended and restated, continues in full force and effect.

 

Article 2
THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

2.1 Formation and Name of Partnership

 

The Partners agree that the Partnership was formed as a limited partnership on August 13, 2010, in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the provisions of the Original Limited Partnership Agreement to carry on business in common with a view to profit under the firm name and style of “ Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership ”. The Partnership will continue as a limited partnership under the terms of this Agreement. The rights and liabilities of the Partners will be as provided in the Act except as herein otherwise expressly provided.

 

2.2 Single Purpose Entity

 

The Partnership is a Single Purpose Entity and shall not at any time cease to be a Single Purpose Entity.

 

2.3 Business of the Partnership

 

The Partnership was formed for the purpose of carrying on the Business. The Partnership may also engage in such undertakings or matters as may be ancillary thereto or as the General Partner deems advisable in order to carry on the Business. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Partnership shall not hold an interest in any Person where such Person is not wholly-owned by the Partnership.

 

2.4 Amendment of Certificate

 

The General Partner will promptly following the occurrence of any event requiring cancellation or amendment of the Certificate, sign and acknowledge on behalf of all Partners a writing conforming to the requirements of the Act and will file and record such writing as required.

 

2.5 Office of the Partnership

 

The principal place of business of the Partnership will be the principal office of the General Partner and may be changed from time to time by the General Partner giving notice of such change to the Limited Partners.

 

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2.6 Dealings with Partnership

 

The General Partner will notify all counterparties of the Partnership that such counterparties are transacting with a limited partnership.

 

Article 3
THE LIMITED PARTNERS

 

3.1 Limitation on Authority of Limited Partners

 

No Limited Partner will:

 

(a) take part in the control or management of the Business or exercise any power in connection therewith;

 

(b) execute any document which binds or purports to bind any other Partner or the Partnership;

 

(c) hold itself out as having the power or authority to bind any other Partner or the Partnership;

 

(d) have any authority or power to act for or undertake any obligation or responsibility on behalf of any other Partner or the Partnership;

 

(e) bring any action for partition or sale or otherwise in connection with the Partnership or any interest in any property of the Partnership, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, or file or register or permit to be filed, registered or remain undischarged any lien or charge in respect of any property of the Partnership; or

 

(f) compel or seek a partition, judicial or otherwise, of any of the assets of the Partnership distributed or to be distributed to the Partners in kind in accordance with this Agreement.

 

3.2 Limited Liability of Limited Partners

 

(1) Subject to the provisions of the Act and of similar legislation in other jurisdictions, the liability of each Limited Partner for the undertakings, debts, liabilities and obligations of the Partnership will be limited to each Limited Partner’s Capital Contribution plus any unpaid capital contributions that such Limited Partner agreed to pay or contribute. Each Limited Partner acknowledges that pursuant to section 63(5) of the Act, if a limited partner of a limited partnership has rightfully received the return, in whole or in part, of the capital of his or her contribution, he or she is nevertheless liable to the limited partnership for any sum, not in excess of that return with interest, necessary to discharge the limited partnership’s liabilities to all creditors who extended credit or whose claims otherwise arose before the return.

 

(2) The Limited Partners acknowledge the possibility that, among other reasons, they may lose limited liability:

 

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(a) for taking part in the control or management of the Business; or

 

(b) for making or being responsible for false statements in the public filings made pursuant to the Act, in which case the Limited Partners may be liable to Third Parties.

 

3.3 Compliance with Laws

 

The Limited Partners will, on the request of the General Partner from time to time, immediately execute any documents considered by the General Partner to be necessary to comply with any Applicable Laws of any jurisdiction in Canada, for the continuation, operation or good standing of the Partnership. Each Limited Partner shall continue to be a resident of Canada for purposes of the Income Tax Act or, if such Partner is a partnership, continue to be a “Canadian partnership” within the meaning of the Income Tax Act.

 

Article 4
RIGHTS, POWERS, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE GENERAL PARTNER

 

4.1 Powers, Duties and Obligations

 

The General Partner has:

 

(a) unlimited liability for the undertakings, debts, liabilities and obligations of the Partnership;

 

(b) subject to any applicable limitations set forth in the Act, the full and exclusive right, power and authority to manage, control, administer and operate the business and affairs, and to make decisions regarding the undertaking and business, of the Partnership; and

 

(c) the full and exclusive right, power and authority to do any act, take any proceeding, make any decision and execute and deliver any instrument, deed, agreement or document necessary for or incidental to carrying out the Business.

 

Any action taken by the General Partner on behalf of the Partnership is deemed to be the act of the Partnership and binds the Partnership.

 

4.2 Specific Powers and Duties

 

In addition to the powers and authorities possessed by the General Partner pursuant to the Act or conferred by law or elsewhere in this Agreement, and without limiting the generality of Section 4.1, the General Partner will have the power to:

 

(a) execute and carry out all agreements (including Project Agreements) on behalf of the Partnership that the General Partner determines are necessary or advisable in the carrying out of the Business;

 

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(b) open and manage bank accounts in its name or in the name of the Partnership and spend the capital of the Partnership in the exercise of any right or power exercisable by the General Partner hereunder;

 

(c) mortgage, charge, assign, hypothecate, pledge or otherwise create a security interest in all or any property of the Partnership now owned or hereafter acquired, to secure any present and future borrowings and related expenses of the Partnership;

 

(d) incur all costs and expenses in connection with the Partnership;

 

(e) employ, retain, engage or dismiss from employment or service, personnel, agents, representatives or professionals with the powers and duties and upon the terms and for the compensation as in the discretion of the General Partner may be necessary or advisable in the carrying on of the Business;

 

(f) invest in short term investments cash assets of the Partnership that are not immediately required for the operation of the Business;

 

(g) act as attorney in fact or agent of the Partnership in disbursing and collecting moneys for the Partnership, paying debts and fulfilling the obligations of the Partnership and handling and settling any claims of the Partnership;

 

(h) commence or defend any action or proceeding in connection with the Partnership;

 

(i) file returns or other documents with any Governmental Agency;

 

(j) execute and file on behalf of the Partnership any elections that are referred to in the Income Tax Act or other applicable tax legislation as may be required under this Agreement or are in its reasonable opinion appropriate in the circumstances, and deal generally with all tax matters relating to the Partnership;

 

(k) retain legal counsel, experts, advisors or consultants as the General Partner considers appropriate and rely upon the advice of such Persons;

 

(l) do anything that is in furtherance of or incidental to the Business or that is provided for in this Agreement;

 

(m) execute, acknowledge and deliver the documents necessary to effectuate any or all of the foregoing or otherwise in connection with the Business;

 

(n) obtain insurance coverage as in the discretion of the General Partner may be necessary or advisable;

 

(o) determine, subject to GAAP and the provisions of this Agreement, what proportion of a distribution is profit or capital; and

 

(p) carry out the objects, purposes and business of the Partnership.

 

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No Person dealing with the Partnership will be required to enquire into the authority of the General Partner to do any act, take any proceeding, make any decision or execute and deliver any instrument, deed, agreement or document for or on behalf of or in the name of the Partnership.

 

4.3 Related Party Contracts

 

(1) The Limited Partners acknowledge that the General Partner, on behalf of itself and on behalf of the Partnership, may enter into agreements with Related Parties of the General Partner or the Limited Partners or with Permitted Transferees or their Affiliates in respect of the Project ( “ Related Party Contracts ”).

 

(2) The General Partner may enter into any amendment, waiver or termination of any Related Party Contract.

 

4.4 Title to Property

 

Without altering or affecting the rights, titles and interests hereby, the Partners hereby agree that the assets of the Partnership may be held in the name of the General Partner or any other entity the General Partner determines advisable, as nominee for the Partnership, and for the use and benefit of the Partners in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof, until such time as the General Partner determines that it is appropriate or advisable for the assets to be held or registered in the name of the Partnership, another nominee or otherwise. Such holding of the assets will not prevent the vesting of the legal and beneficial title thereto in the Partnership in the manner and at the time that may be otherwise herein provided.

 

4.5 No Commingling of Funds

 

The General Partner will take all necessary actions to ensure that the funds and other property of the Partnership are not commingled with the funds or other property of any other Person.

 

4.6 Exercise of Duties

 

The General Partner covenants that it will exercise the powers and discharge its duties under this Agreement honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the Partnership and that it will exercise the degree of care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent Person would exercise in comparable circumstances. The General Partner also covenants that it will devote such time and attention to the conduct of the Business as is reasonably required for the prudent management of the Business.

 

4.7 Limitation of Liability

 

The General Partner is not liable for the return of any Capital Contribution made by a Partner to the Partnership. Moreover, notwithstanding anything else contained in this Agreement, neither the General Partner nor its directors, shareholders, officers, employees or agents are liable (in damages or otherwise) to the Partnership or a Partner for any action taken or failure to act on behalf of the Partnership within the scope of the authority conferred on the General Partner by this Agreement or otherwise by law, unless the act or omission was performed or omitted fraudulently or in bad faith or constituted negligence or wilful or reckless disregard of

 

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the General Partner’s obligations under this Agreement or Applicable Law. Neither the General Partner nor its directors, shareholders, officers, employees or agents are liable, responsible for or in any way accountable (in damages or otherwise) to the Partnership or a Partner for: (i) except as otherwise provided in this Section 4.7, any mistakes or errors in judgment, or any act or omission believed in good faith by the General Partner to be within the scope of authority conferred by this Agreement or otherwise by law; (ii) any action or inaction arising from good faith reliance upon the opinion or advice as to legal matters of legal counsel or as to accounting matters of accountants retained by any of them with reasonable care; or (iii) any action or inaction of any professional advisors selected by any of them with reasonable care. This Section 4.7 shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the dissolution of the Partnership.

 

4.8 Indemnity of General Partner

 

The Partnership (but only to the extent of the assets of the Partnership and for clarity not the Partners themselves) hereby indemnifies and holds harmless the General Partner, its directors, shareholders, officers, employees or agents from and against all costs, expenses, damages or liabilities suffered or incurred by reason of the acts, omissions or alleged acts or omissions arising out of the activities of the General Partner on behalf of the Partnership under this Agreement or in furtherance of the interests of the Partnership, unless the acts, omissions or the alleged acts or omissions on which the actual or threatened action, proceeding or claim are based were not believed in good faith by the General Partner to be within the scope of the authority conferred by this Agreement or otherwise by law, or were performed or omitted fraudulently or in bad faith or constituted negligence or wilful or reckless disregard of the obligations of the General Partner under this Agreement or Applicable Law. This Section 4.8 shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the dissolution of the Partnership.

 

4.9 Indemnity of Partnership

 

The General Partner hereby indemnifies and holds harmless the Partnership from and against all costs, expenses, damages or liabilities suffered or incurred by the Partnership by reason of any act or omission not believed by the General Partner in good faith to be within the scope of the authority conferred on the General Partner by this Agreement or otherwise by law or any act or omission performed or omitted fraudulently or in bad faith or constituting negligence or wilful or reckless disregard of the General Partner’s obligations under this Agreement or Applicable Law. This Section 4.9 shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the dissolution of the Partnership.

 

4.10 Removal and Deemed Resignation of the General Partner

 

The General Partner shall not resign or withdraw from the Partnership or be removed as General Partner by the Limited Partners except with the approval of all of the Limited Partners. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the General Partner will be deemed to have resigned as the General Partner of the Partnership, and the Limited Partners shall be deemed to have accepted such resignation, in the event of the bankruptcy, insolvency, dissolution, liquidation or winding-up of the General Partner (or the commencement of any act or proceeding in connection therewith which is not contested in good faith by the General Partner), or if applicable, the appointment of a trustee, receiver or receiver and manager of the affairs of the General Partner.

 

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4.11 Transfer to New General Partner

 

On the admission of a new general partner to the Partnership and on the resignation, withdrawal or removal of the Prior General Partner, the Prior General Partner will do all things and take all steps to transfer the administration, management, control and operation of the Business and the books, records and accounts of the Partnership to the new general partner and will execute and deliver all deeds, certificates, declarations and other documents necessary or desirable to effect such transfer in a timely fashion.

 

4.12 Transfer of Title to New General Partner

 

On the resignation, withdrawal or removal of the Prior General Partner and the admission of a new general partner, the Prior General Partner will, at the cost of the Partnership, transfer title to the Partnership’s property held in the General Partner’s name, if any, to such new general partner and will execute and deliver all deeds, certificates, declarations and other documents necessary or desirable to effect such transfer in a timely fashion.

 

4.13 Release by Partnership

 

On the resignation, removal or withdrawal of the Prior General Partner, the Partnership will release and hold harmless the Prior General Partner from any costs, expenses, damages or liabilities suffered or incurred by the Prior General Partner as a result of or arising out of events which occur in relation to the Partnership after such resignation, removal or withdrawal; provided that the Prior General Partner will not be released from its obligations under Section 4.9.

 

4.14 New General Partner

 

A new general partner will be admitted as a general partner of the Partnership and become a party to this Agreement by signing a counterpart hereof and will agree to be bound by all of the provisions hereof and to assume the obligations, duties and liabilities of the General Partner hereunder as and from the date the new general partner becomes a party to this Agreement.

 

4.15 Required Documents; Residency

 

The General Partner will maintain and file on behalf of the Partnership, on a timely basis, any amendments to the Certificate and any other declarations, certificates or amendments that might be required by any applicable legislation. The General Partner shall continue to be a resident of Canada for the purposes of the Income Tax Act.

 

4.16 Expenses

 

The Partnership will reimburse the General Partner for all reasonable costs incurred by the General Partner or its designees in the performance of its duties hereunder, including costs and expenses of the Board, costs associated with the business of the General Partner in acting as a general partner of the Partnership, costs specifically incurred for the benefit of the Partnership and costs associated with the holding of Partners’ meetings and professional fees, but specifically excluding expenses of any action, suit or other proceeding in which, or in relation to which, the

 

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General Partner is adjudged to be in breach of any duty or responsibility imposed upon the General Partner hereunder. The Partners acknowledge and agree that any or all reimbursable expenses may, in the discretion of the General Partner, be incurred by the General Partner in the name of or on account of the Partnership, in which case such expenses will be deemed to be expenses incurred by the Partnership.

 

Article 5
CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS

 

5.1 Capital

 

The capital of the Partnership will be the aggregate amount of the Capital Contributions. The capital of the Partnership will be divided into Units. Each Unit will represent an interest in the Partnership having the applicable rights set forth in Section 5.3 and will entitle the holder thereof to the rights and benefits of this Agreement.

 

5.2 Authorized Capital

 

The Partnership is authorized to issue an unlimited number of Units, with the rights, restrictions and conditions referred to herein.

 

5.3 Attributes of Units

 

(1) Each Unit will have equal voting, distribution, liquidation and other rights with each other Unit. Each Unit will be equivalent to a Capital Contribution of $11,802.9384676935.

 

(2) A holder of Units is entitled to one vote in respect of each Unit at a meeting of the Partners.

 

(3) The General Partner Units and Limited Partner Units shall be deemed to be “Securities” as defined under and for the purposes of the Securities Transfer Act, 2006 (Ontario) and the Securities Transfer Act (British Columbia), and any successor or similar legislation thereto.

 

5.4 Capital Contributions

 

(1) General Partner: As of the date hereof, the General Partner holds 2 Units, reflecting contributions to the Partnership of $23,605.87.

 

(2) Limited Partners: As of the date hereof, Pattern holds 5,099 Units, reflecting contributions to the Partnership of $60,183183.25 and PSP holds 4,899 Units, reflecting contributions to the Partnership of $57,822,595.55.

 

5.5 Issuance of Additional Units

 

The General Partner may raise capital for the Partnership by selling and issuing Units on terms and conditions as the General Partner, in its discretion, may determine from time to time hereinafter and may do all things in that regard, including preparing and filing prospectuses,

 

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offering memoranda and other documents, if required, paying the expenses of issue and entering into agreements with any Person providing services for a commission or fee.

 

5.6 Subscription for Units

 

(1) Each subscriber for Units will submit such documents as the General Partner may require in connection with such subscription, in each case completed and executed in a manner acceptable to the General Partner; provided that no subscription may be accepted that does not include the representations, warranties and covenants of the subscriber to the effect set out in Section 14.2.

 

(2) A subscription for a fraction of a Unit is not permitted without the consent of the General Partner.

 

5.7 Unit Certificates

 

The Units of each Partner may be represented by one or more certificates (the “ Unit Certificate ”) in the form attached hereto as Schedule “C”. The Unit Certificates shall bear such legends as may be reasonably affixed thereto as determined by the General Partner. Unit Certificates, if issued, shall be numbered and executed by the General Partner and shall be entered into a unit transfer register as they are issued, which register shall be maintained by the General Partner. Upon surrender to the Partnership of a Unit Certificate duly endorsed or accompanied by proper evidence of lawful and authorized succession, assignment or authority to transfer, it shall be the duty of the General Partner to issue a new Unit Certificate to the Person entitled thereto, cancel the old Unit Certificate and record the transaction upon the books of the Partnership, provided that the Transfer of the Units represented thereby is expressly permitted by this Agreement.

 

5.8 Capital Accounts

 

(1) The General Partner will maintain a separate capital account for each Partner (a “ Capital Account ”). The Capital Account for each Partner will consist of such Partner’s Capital Contributions made pursuant to Section 5.4 and will be:

 

(a) increased by additional Capital Contributions in accordance with Article 6 by such Partner, as permitted or required hereunder;

 

(b) increased by Partnership Profits allocated to such Partner;

 

(c) decreased by distributions to such Partner; and

 

(d) decreased by Partnership Losses allocated to such Partner.

 

(2) In the event a Partner Transfers all or a portion of its Units as permitted by this Agreement, the Transferee will succeed to the Capital Account of the Partner Transferring such Units, to the extent it relates to the Units Transferred.

 

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5.9 Partnership Capital

 

(1) No Partner will be entitled to interest on any Capital Contribution or any Capital Account balance.

 

(2) No Partner will have the right to withdraw all or any part of its Capital Account or to receive any return on any portion of its Capital Account, except as may be otherwise specifically provided in this Agreement.

 

(3) Subject to the provisions of Article 8 and the Act, no Partner has the right to receive, and the General Partner has absolute discretion to make, any distributions to the Partners prior to the dissolution of the Partnership. Upon the dissolution of the Partnership, the assets of the Partnership will be distributed as provided in Section 13.4.

 

Article 6
FINANCING OF THE PARTNERSHIP

 

6.1 Additional Capital Contributions

 

(1) The General Partner shall determine from time to time the capital and operating requirements of the Partnership and, unless otherwise unanimously agreed by the Partners, shall make Capital Calls to fund such capital and operating requirements to the extent required in order to ensure that the Partnership is able to pay its liabilities as they become due.

 

(2) Capital Calls will be issued from time to time in writing (a “ Funding Notice ”) by the General Partner to each Partner, in accordance with the then applicable Project Operating Budget or as approved by the General Partner, with a schedule setting out the aggregate amount of the Capital Call and the portion of such Capital Call required to be contributed by each Partner, calculated by multiplying such aggregate Capital Call by such Partner’s Unit Interest. Unless unanimously agreed by the Partners, all Capital Calls shall be satisfied in cash and not in other property.

 

(3) Any Funding Notice issued by the General Partner will include the bank account information to which payment is to be made and the due date on which the payment is required from each Partner, which date shall be at least five (5) Business Days following the date that the Funding Notice is delivered or given.

 

(4) Following the issuance of a Capital Call by the General Partner, each Partner will make a Capital Contribution to the Partnership in the amount specified as such Partner’s portion of the Capital Call in the Funding Notice.

 

(5) Each Limited Partner shall be required to contribute its respective share of a Capital Call, as set forth in the applicable Funding Notice.

 

(6) If a Funding Notice is issued by the General Partner and any Limited Partner fails to contribute capital in accordance with such Funding Notice (in this Section 6.1(5), a “ Non-Contributing Limited Partner ”), then each Limited Partner that has contributed its required capital (“ Required Capital ”) in accordance with such Funding Notice (in

 

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this Section 6.1(5), a “ Contributing Limited Partner ”) shall have the right, but not the obligation, to contribute an amount up to the amount of the capital required to have been contributed by the Non-Contributing Limited Partner (such a contribution, an “ Additional Contribution ”). The Contributing Limited Partner will be issued Units in respect of both the Required Capital it contributed and the Additional Contribution it contributed, notwithstanding Section 5.3(1) and any other provision to the contrary herein, such that the Contributing Limited Partner is issued three Units for each $0.01 contributed.

 

(7) Except as set forth above, no Partner will be required or permitted to make a Capital Contribution.

 

(8) Upon a Partner making a Capital Contribution, the General Partner will amend its records to reflect each Partner’s Unit Interest (which for certainty shall not be adjusted as a result of any Capital Contribution made by a Limited Partner except as expressly provided in this Section 6.1) and Capital Contribution.

 

Article 7
TRANSFER & DISPOSITION BY A LIMITED PARTNER

 

7.1 General Prohibition

 

(1) No Limited Partner may Transfer any Units except as expressly permitted by this Agreement.

 

(2) Any purported Transfer of Units in violation of this Agreement is void to the maximum extent permitted by Applicable Law.

 

(3) The General Partner will not register or permit the registration of any Transfer of any Units made otherwise than in compliance with the provisions of this Agreement, nor will any voting or other rights attaching to or relating to such Units be exercisable, nor will any purported exercise of such rights be valid or effective, nor will any distribution be made on such Units.

 

7.2 General Restrictions

 

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement to the contrary, no Limited Partner may Transfer any Units if:

 

(a) as a result, the remaining Limited Partners or the Partnership would become subject to any materially restrictive or onerous governmental controls or regulations to which they were not subject prior to the proposed Transfer by reason of the nationality or residence of the proposed Transferee;

 

(b) as a result, the remaining Limited Partners or the Partnership would become subject to any material taxation or material additional taxation to which they were not subject prior to the proposed Transfer;

 

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(c) the Transfer is not permitted by Applicable Law or any term of any material agreement or instrument affecting the Partnership, including the Power Purchase Agreement and the terms of any Project Financing, unless such Transfer is permitted thereunder if a consent or approval is first obtained and such consent or approval is so obtained;

 

(d) such Transfer is not exempt from any applicable requirement to file a prospectus, registration statement or similar document with applicable securities regulatory authorities to qualify the trade of such Units;

 

(e) such Transfer would result in the Partnership no longer being eligible to participate in and receive payments from the Power Authority under the Power Purchase Agreement in respect of the Project, unless such result would not occur if a consent or approval is first obtained and such consent or approval is so obtained;

 

(f) the Transferee (i) appears on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List of the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the United States Department of the Treasury; (ii) is a Person with whom a transaction is prohibited by applicable provisions of Executive Order 13224, the USA Patriot Act , the Trading with the Enemy Act or the foreign asset control regulations of the United States Treasury Department, in each case as amended from time to time; (iii) is Controlled by any Person described in (i) or (ii); or (iv) has its principal place of business located in any country with whose citizens the Partnership is prohibited from entering into transactions pursuant to the requirements set forth in (ii);

 

(g) any funds being used to purchase the Units and satisfy the Transferee’s commitments under this Agreement represent or will represent proceeds of crime for the purpose of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (Canada);

 

(h) the Transferee is a Person identified in the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism, the United Nations Al Qaida and Taliban Regulations, the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on Iran or the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations;

 

(i) the Transferee has not agreed in writing with the other Partners to assume and be bound by all the obligations of the Transferor pursuant to this Agreement with respect to the Units transferred arising from and after the date of such Transfer and to be subject to all the restrictions to which the Transferor is subject under the terms of this Agreement;

 

(j) the Transferee is not a resident of Canada for purposes of the Income Tax Act or, if the Transferee is a partnership, it is not a Canadian partnership within the meaning of the Income Tax Act;

 

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(k) any consents to such Transfer required pursuant to any Project Agreements or by any Governmental Agencies have not been obtained in writing and delivered to the other Partners;

 

(l) the Transferee holds or would hold its Units as a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2(1) of the Income Tax Act;

 

(m) an interest in the Transferee is a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2(1) of the Income Tax Act;

 

(n) if the Transferee is a partnership, an interest in the Transferee is held, directly or indirectly through one or more other partnerships, by another partnership where an interest in such other partnership is a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2(1) of the Income Tax Act; or

 

(o) the Transfer causes or will cause the Partnership to become a “SIFT partnership” for the purposes of the Income Tax Act.

 

7.3 Permitted Transfer

 

(1) Permitted by PSP . Notwithstanding Section 7.1 but subject to Sections 7.2, 7.8 and 7.10, PSP may, at any time and from time to time, Transfer any Units held by it upon prior notice to the other Partners but without first obtaining consent thereof:

 

(a) to a Controlled Affiliate of PSP without first complying with Section 7.5 or 7.6, provided that such Transfer complies with Section 7.4; and

 

(b) to any other Person pursuant to, and in compliance with, Section 7.5.

 

(2) Permitted by Pattern . Notwithstanding Section 7.1 but subject to Sections 7.2, 7.8 and 7.10, Pattern may, at any time and from time to time, Transfer any Units held by it upon prior notice to the other Partners but without first obtaining consent thereof:

 

(a) to a Controlled Affiliate of Pattern without first complying with Section 7.5 or 7.6 provided that such Transfer complies with Section 7.4; and

 

(b) to any other Person pursuant to, and in compliance with, Section 7.5, 7.6 and 7.7, as applicable.

 

7.4 Permitted Transfers to Controlled Affiliates

 

(1) Notwithstanding Section 7.1 but subject to Sections 7.2, 7.8 and 7.10, a Limited Partner who is not then in default of its obligations under this Agreement will be entitled to Transfer to a Controlled Affiliate, without first complying with Section 7.5 or 7.6 or, for greater certainty, Article 11, title to all or part of its Units to one or more of its Controlled Affiliates, provided that:

 

(a) the Transferor first establishes to the satisfaction of the General Partner, acting reasonably, (and if the General Partner does not agree that the Transferee is a

 

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Permitted Transferee then the matter shall be subject to the dispute resolution procedures outlined in Section 15.13) that the Person to which it is transferring its Units is a Permitted Transferee;

 

(b) a copy of the document or instrument effecting the Transfer is delivered to the General Partner;

 

(c) the other Partners receive prior written notice of such Transfer; and

 

(d) where the Transferor transfers less than all of its Units to a Controlled Affiliate, all Units held or acquired by such Transferor and its Controlled Affiliate(s) shall be aggregated together for the purpose of determining the availability of any rights under this Agreement, and (i) such Transferor and its Controlled Affiliate(s) may apportion such rights as among themselves in any manner they deem appropriate and (ii) shall be jointly and severally liable for their respective obligations under this Agreement.

 

7.5 Right of First Offer re: Transfer of Units by Limited Partners

 

(1) If either Limited Partner (as applicable, the “ ROFO Offeree ”) desires to Transfer all or any portion of its Units to any Third Party, then the ROFO Offeree shall give the other Limited Partner, as applicable (the “ ROFO Offeror ”), written notice setting forth the details of the Units to be Transferred (the “ Subject Ownership Interest ”) and any other material terms of the proposed Transfer reasonably known or anticipated by the ROFO Offeree (a “ ROFO Notice ”).

 

(2) Within forty-five (45) days after delivery of a ROFO Notice, the ROFO Offeror shall either: (a) deliver a written offer to the ROFO Offeree to purchase the Subject Ownership Interest (a “ ROFO Offer ”) or (b) deliver a written notice to the ROFO Offeree that the ROFO Offeror will not make a ROFO Offer (a “ ROFO Declination ”). If the ROFO Offeror fails to deliver either a ROFO Offer or a ROFO Declination within such forty-five (45)-day period, the ROFO Offeror will be deemed to have delivered a ROFO Declination.

 

(3) Unless a ROFO Offer is accepted pursuant to written notice from the ROFO Offeree to the ROFO Offeror within ten (10) days following the delivery of a ROFO Offer (the “ ROFO Acceptance Period ”), such ROFO Offer shall be deemed to have been rejected by the ROFO Offeree. In the event that the ROFO Offeree validly rejects a ROFO Offer or the ROFO Offeror delivers or is deemed to have delivered a ROFO Declination, subject to complying with its obligations pursuant to Section 7.6, the ROFO Offeree shall be free to Transfer the Subject Ownership Interest to any Third Party; provided that in the event the ROFO Offeror has previously delivered a ROFO Offer that was rejected by the ROFO Offeree, the ROFO Offeree shall only be permitted to enter into a definitive agreement to Transfer the Subject Ownership Interest (A) during the nine month period following the expiration of the ROFO Acceptance Period, (B) at a price greater than or equal to 105% of the price offered in the ROFO Offer, and (C) on terms and conditions (economic and otherwise) that are not materially less favorable (in the aggregate) to the ROFO Offeree than the terms and conditions set forth in the ROFO Offer. If at the end

 

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of such nine month period the ROFO Offeree shall not have completed the Transfer of the Subject Ownership Interest, then it shall once again be required to comply with this Section 7.5.

 

(4) If a ROFO Offer is accepted during the ROFO Acceptance Period the ROFO Offeror shall acquire the Subject Ownership Interest, and the ROFO Offeree shall Transfer the Subject Ownership Interest to the ROFO Offeror, at the price and on the terms and conditions set forth in the ROFO Offer; provided that neither party shall be required to provide any representations or warranties with respect to such Transfer other than customary fundamental representations and warranties as to ownership, title and due authorization.

 

(5) A sale by a ROFO Offeree of a Subject Ownership Interest to a ROFO Offeror shall be completed in accordance with the provisions in Article 11, provided however, that the closing of such sale shall be not later than ninety (90) days from the date on which the ROFO Offer is accepted and the consideration paid to the ROFO Offeree by the ROFO Offeror shall be as set out in the ROFO Offer or such later date as may be required to facilitate obtaining any required consents or approvals of any Governmental Agency or counterparty to a Project Agreement that is required in connection with such sale.

 

7.6 Tag-Along Rights

 

Subject to first complying with Section 7.5, if at any time Pattern desires to effect a bona fide Transfer of some or all of its Units whether in one transaction or a series of related transactions (the “ Tag Sale Interests ” and, any such transactions or series of related transactions, a “ Tag Along Sale ”) to any Third Party (a “ Tag Along Purchaser ”), then Pattern shall be required to provide PSP with at least thirty (30) days’ prior written notice (the “ Tag Along Notice ”) of such proposed Tag Along Sale. Such Tag Along Notice shall (A) identify the Tag Along Purchaser, the amount of Tag Sale Interests proposed to be Transferred by Pattern, the percentage of the then-issued and outstanding Units that such proposed Tag Sale Interests represents, the price per Tag Sale Interest, and a summary of the other material terms and conditions of the proposed Tag Along Sale and (B) be accompanied by forms of all agreements (including any schedules, exhibits and annexes thereto) to be entered into by or on behalf or for the account or otherwise for the benefit of Pattern in connection with the proposed Transfer. Within twenty (20) days following receipt by PSP of the Tag Along Notice, PSP may, by providing written notice (which notice shall be deemed to be irrevocable when sent) (the “ Tag Along Acceptance Notice ”) to Pattern, elect to Transfer to the Tag Along Purchaser, as part of the Tag Along Sale, an amount of Units owned by PSP (the “ Tagging Interests ”) up to the total amount of issued and outstanding Units proposed to be Transferred to the Tag Along Purchaser pursuant to the Tag Along Sale multiplied by PSP’s Unit Interest, at the same purchase price per Unit as Pattern and otherwise on the same terms therefor and subject to the same conditions thereto. Neither Pattern nor any Affiliate thereof shall have entered into any collateral agreement, commitment or understanding with the Tag Along Purchaser or its affiliates that has or would have the effect of providing to Pattern or any such Affiliate consideration of greater value than the consideration offered pursuant to the Tag Along Sale; provided that such restriction shall not apply to any commercial agreement in effect at the time of such transaction (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the O&M Contract and PAA) that was entered into following receipt of any approvals, if any, required by PSP pursuant to Section 3.3 of the

 

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Shareholders Agreement. If the Tag Along Purchaser does not accept all of the Tagging Interests tendered by PSP, then Pattern shall have the option to either (a) proportionately reduce the number of Tag Sale Interests and Tagging Interests to account for the maximum number of ownership interests that the Tag Along Purchaser is willing to purchase or (b) abandon the Tag Along Sale. If PSP does not deliver a Tag Along Acceptance Notice within twenty (20) days after receipt of the Tag Along Notice, PSP shall be deemed to have waived its rights with respect to the Transfer of its Units pursuant to the applicable Tag Along Sale and Pattern shall have until one hundred eighty (180) days after the expiration of such twenty (20) day period after the date of the Tag Along Notice in which to Transfer the ownership interests described in the Tag Along Notice on terms not materially more favorable (in the aggregate) to Pattern than those set forth in the Tag Along Notice. If at the end of such one hundred eighty (180) day period Pattern shall not have completed the Transfer of all of Pattern’s ownership interests contemplated to be Transferred in the Tag Along Notice (reduced to account for any and all Tagging Interests (if any)), then PSP’s tag along rights shall again apply with respect to any such unsold ownership interests.

 

7.7 Drag Along Rights

 

(1) Subject to first complying with its obligations pursuant to Section 7.5, at any time, if Pattern desires to effect a bona fide Transfer of all (but not less than all) of its Units whether in one transaction or a series of related transactions (the “ Drag Sale Interests ” and, any such transactions or series of related transactions, a “ Drag Along Sale ”) to any Third Party for cash, then Pattern shall (in its sole discretion) be permitted to deliver written notice to PSP of such Drag Along Sale no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the anticipated date of consummation of such Drag Along Sale (the “ Drag Along Notice ”). Such Drag Along Notice shall (a) identify the purchaser, the purchase price per Drag Sale Interests therefor and a summary of the other material terms and conditions of the proposed Drag Along Sale and (b) be accompanied by forms of all agreements (including any schedules, exhibits and annexes thereto) to be entered into by or on behalf or for the account or otherwise for the benefit of Pattern, as applicable, in connection with the Drag Along Sale. Following receipt of the Drag Along Notice, PSP shall be obligated to sell to the purchaser all of PSP’s Units at the same purchase price per security, and otherwise on the same terms therefor and subject to the same conditions thereto, as Pattern.

 

(2) Pattern shall not have entered into any collateral agreement, commitment or understanding with the purchaser or its affiliates that has or would have the effect of providing to Pattern consideration of greater value than the consideration offered pursuant to the Drag Along Sale; provided that such restriction shall not apply to any commercial agreement in effect at the time of such transaction (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the O&M Contract and PAA) that was entered into following receipt of any approvals, if any, required by PSP pursuant to Section 3.3 of the Shareholders Agreement.

 

(3) PSP shall not be required to make any representations or warranties with respect to the Drag Along Sale other than customary fundamental representations and warranties as to ownership, title and due authorization and PSP shall be solely responsible for the accuracy of such representations and warranties (and shall not have any liability for any

 

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such fundamental representations and warranties of Pattern). Notwithstanding the foregoing, PSP shall only be responsible for any indemnification obligations, escrow amounts and holdback amounts in connection with the Drag Along Sale (including with respect to any representations and warranties made by Pattern (other than the fundamental representations and warranties referred to above)) on a several and proportionate (and not joint and several) basis in accordance with its Unit Interest relative to Pattern. PSP shall not be required to enter into or be bound by any non-compete or similar restrictive covenants in connection with any Drag Along Sale.

 

(4) If PSP is not represented on the closing date of the Drag Along Sale or is represented but fails for any reason whatsoever to produce and deliver any required instruments and documents as may be necessary or desirable to give effect to the sale and transfer of applicable Units held by PSP and as may be necessary to discharge any encumbrance that affects such Units (collectively, the “ Third Party Transfer Documents ”) to the Third Party, then the price per Unit payable to PSP in connection with the Drag Along Sale, subject to the provisions of this Agreement (including Section 11.5), may be deposited by the Third Party in a special account in the name of PSP at a branch of the bank used by the Third Party. Such deposit shall constitute valid and effective payment of any purchase price payable to PSP pursuant to this Section 7.7 even though PSP has, in breach of this Agreement, voluntarily encumbered or disposed of any of the Units and notwithstanding the fact that a conveyance or conveyances or assignment or assignments of the Units may have been delivered in breach of this Agreement to any alleged pledgee, transferee or other Person. If the purchase price payable to PSP pursuant to this Section 7.7 is deposited as aforesaid then, from and after the date of such deposit, and even though the Third Party Transfer Documents have not been delivered to the Third Party, the purchase of the Units being sold by PSP shall be deemed to have been fully completed and all right, title, benefit and interest, both at law and in equity, in and to such Units shall be conclusively deemed to have been transferred and assigned to and become vested in the Third Party and all right, title, benefit and interest, both at law and in equity, of PSP, or of any transferee, assignee or any other Person having any interest, legal or equitable, therein or thereto shall cease and determine, provided, however, that PSP shall be entitled to receive the purchase price payable to PSP pursuant to this Section 7.7 so deposited, with interest, upon delivery to the Third Party of the Third Party Transfer Documents.

 

(5) PSP hereby irrevocably constitutes and appoints the Third Party as its true and lawful attorney and agent in the name of and on behalf of PSP to execute and deliver in the name of PSP all such assignments, transfers, deeds or instruments as may be necessary to effectively transfer and assign the Units held by PSP to the Third Party, provided that such assignments, transfers, deeds and instruments do not conflict with the provisions of this Section 7.7. Such appointment and power of attorney, being coupled with an interest, shall not be revoked by the dissolution, winding-up, bankruptcy or insolvency of PSP and PSP hereby ratifies and confirms and agrees to ratify and confirm all that the Third Party may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of the provisions hereof. PSP hereby irrevocably consents to the transfer of its Units made pursuant to the provisions of this Section 7.7.

 

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(6) PSP and its Permitted Transferees shall be obligated to, and hereby do, waive any dissenters’ rights, appraisal rights or similar rights in connection with any Drag Along Sale.

 

(7) If, substantially concurrently with the closing of a Drag-Along Sale, the purchaser in such transaction terminates or agrees to terminate the O&M Contract and/or PAA, Pattern will waive any termination fees payable under the terminated O&M Contract or PAA, as applicable.

 

7.8 Conditions to Admission

 

As conditions to the admission of a Transferee of a Limited Partner as a substituted limited partner, any such Person will:

 

(a) execute and acknowledge such instruments, in form and substance satisfactory to the General Partner, as the General Partner will deem necessary or desirable to effectuate such admission and to confirm the agreement of the Person being admitted as a substituted limited partner to be bound by all of the terms and provisions of this Agreement and to continue the Partnership without its dissolution or termination or its becoming a general partnership under the laws of the Province of British Columbia;

 

(b) represent and warrant to the Partnership and the other Partners that it is not a non- resident of Canada for purposes of the Income Tax Act , or that it is, if a partnership, a “Canadian partnership” for purposes of the Income Tax Act ; and

 

(c) pay all reasonable expenses in connection with such admission, including the cost of preparing and filing of any necessary amendments of the Certificate.

 

7.9 Restrictions on Transfer

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Article 7 but subject to Section 7.2 and any requirement or prohibition of any lender under the Project Financing, no Partner shall be entitled to Transfer any Units pursuant to this Article 7 or if such Transfer would breach any term of or cause a default under the Power Purchase Agreement, unless such Transfer is permitted thereunder if a consent or approval is first obtained and such consent or approval is so obtained. In addition, PSP may not Transfer any Units, at any time, to a Competitor. In addition, no Limited Partner may Transfer any Units (other than to a Controlled Affiliate) unless such Limited Partner or its Affiliate holding shares in the capital of the General Partner also Transfers all or part of such shares to the Transferee (or its Affiliate) in accordance with Section 5.6 of the Shareholder Agreement.

 

7.10 Continuing Obligations

 

Subject (for certainty) to Section 7.4(1)(d), any Limited Partner who Transfers all of its Units in accordance with the terms of this Agreement will be released and discharged from the further performance of its covenants and obligations under this Agreement from and after the date of the Transfer and compliance by the Transferee with this Article 7 except for its

 

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obligations under Article 12 and any other obligations of this Agreement which by their terms are to survive any such Transfer.

 

7.11 Pledge of Units

 

Except as required pursuant to the terms of any Project Financing, no General Partner or Limited Partner will be permitted to Transfer any of its Units by way of an Encumbrance to any other Person or otherwise grant a lien on any of its Units without the prior written consent of the General Partner (in the case of a transfer by a Limited Partner) or the Limited Partners (in the case of a transfer by the General Partner), which consent may be unreasonably or arbitrarily withheld; provided, however, that any collateral assignment to any lender(s) or agent on behalf of such lender(s) of any indirect interest in a General Partner or direct or indirect interest in a Limited Partner (an “ Upstream Pledge ”), or any foreclosure of such collateral assignment by such lender(s) or such agent (an “ Upstream Realization ”) and subsequent disposition of such indirect interest in a General Partner or direct or indirect interest in a Limited Partner shall be permitted so long as (a) any subsequent disposition, sale, assignment, transfer, conveyance, gift, exchange or other disposition by such lender or agent of its indirect interest in a General Partner or direct or indirect interest in a Limited Partner is to a Qualified Transferee and (b) such subsequent disposition, sale, assignment, transfer, conveyance, gift, exchange or other disposition by such lender or agent of such indirect interest in a General Partner or direct or indirect interest in a Limited Partner complies with the transfer restrictions hereunder including Article 7.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the General Partner (including any substituted general partner of the Partnership from time to time) may pledge or otherwise grant a security interest in any of its Units as General Partner in connection with any Project Financing being provided to the Partnership. Transfers of such Units to a secured party or any subsequent transferee in connection with any such financing are permitted.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein of the Agreement, any Limited Partner (including any substituted or additional limited partners of the Partnership from time to time) may pledge or otherwise grant a security interest in any of its Units as Limited Partner in connection with any Project Financing being provided to the Partnership. Transfers of such Units to a secured party or any subsequent transferee in connection with any such financing are permitted.

 

7.12 Indirect Transfers

 

(1) A Transfer of the units or other equity interest in a Limited Partner or in any Person that directly or indirectly holds units or other equity interests in such Limited Partner (other than an Upstream Pledge or Upstream Realization or as permitted pursuant to Section 7.12(2)) shall not constitute a Transfer by the Limited Partner of its Units provided that (a) where the Limited Partner is Pattern, that after such Transfer, PEGI continues to ultimately Control Pattern, and (b) where the Limited Partner is PSP, that after such Transfer, Public Sector Pension Investment Board continues to ultimately Control PSP.

 

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(2) For certainty, a Transfer of the units or other equity interests in PEGI or Public Sector Pension Investment Board or their respective direct and indirect owners shall not constitute a Transfer for purposes of this Agreement.

 

7.13 No Right of First Offer

 

None of the rights of first offer, “drag-along” or “tag-along” rights contained in this Article 7 shall be triggered by (a) a Transfer pursuant to a pledge to a Third Party lender as required pursuant to the terms of any Project Financing (b) a Transfer by such Third Party lender pursuant to a realization of such security, or (c) a Transfer of Units in accordance with Section 7.7.

 

Article 8
ALLOCATION OF PROFITS AND LOSSES

 

8.1 Distributions

 

(1) Subject to any restriction imposed by the lender under the Project Financing, the Partnership shall declare and pay as a distribution all available cash as soon as possible following receipt thereof but no more frequently than monthly and no less frequently than annually. For purposes of this Section 8.1, “ available cash ” will means all surplus cash amounts, earnings or available capital of the Partnership after the payment of all expenses (including capital costs, taxes, debt service and reserve funding required under the terms of the Project Financing) and after deducting reasonable reserves for existing or reasonably foreseeable obligations, including reserves contained in the then applicable Project Operating Budget for operations or future capital expenses, all as may be determined by the General Partner from time to time, acting reasonably. No distributions shall be declared by the Partnership at any time prior to the Operational Phase.

 

(2) Any distributions made by the Partnership on the Units shall be made to Partners pro rata based on their Unit Interests such that each Partner shall receive an amount equal to such holder’s Unit Interest of such distribution.

 

(3) The General Partner may, in its discretion, determine whether any such distribution shall be a return of capital, an income distribution or otherwise.

 

(4) Each distribution shall be made only in cash unless unanimously agreed by the Partners.

 

8.2 Ownership of Partnership Property

 

The interest of a Partner in the Partnership does not represent or include an undivided interest or other direct real or personal interest in the Partnership property except for such interest in such property or assets as may be distributed to Partners as a result of dissolution or winding-up of the Partnership.

 

8.3 Partnership Profit or Loss; Allocations

 

The General Partner will determine the Partnership Profits or Partnership Losses for each Fiscal Year and allocate it among the Partners in a manner consistent with the distribution

 

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provisions set out in Section 8.1. In so allocating the Partnership Profits or Partnership Losses, the General Partner shall act reasonably and fairly, taking into account the amount and timing of actual and anticipated distributions to each of the Partners (including the General Partner), with a view to ensuring that, over the term of the Partnership, each Partner is allocated a portion of the Partnership Profits that substantially corresponds to the Partnership Profits that are distributed to that Partner. For clarity, all revenues and payments received by the Partnership from the conduct of the Business in respect of the Project will be revenues of the Partnership and will form part of the Partnership Profit or Partnership Losses for each Fiscal Year and will be allocated among the Partners in accordance herewith.

 

8.4 Income Tax Allocation

 

The General Partner will determine the Tax Income or Tax Losses for each Fiscal Year of the Partnership at the end of such Fiscal Year, or more frequently as required by Applicable Law or upon the Transfer of Units, for income tax purposes, and will allocate the Tax Income or Tax Losses, and any other relevant amounts for the purposes of the Income Tax Act among the Partners in a manner consistent with the distribution provisions set out in Section 8.1. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the General Partner shall make such elections and take such actions as are allowable and necessary to avoid the recognition or allocation of Tax Losses.

 

8.5 Tax Returns

 

The General Partner will prepare and file all tax returns and related information for the Partnership and will pay out all taxes and other governmental charges due to be paid from time to time to the applicable Governmental Agency. The General Partner will provide to each Partner for review the annual partnership tax returns of the Partnership thirty (30) days prior to the filing due date set by the applicable Governmental Agency. Such Partners will then have fifteen (15) days to review and comment on such Partnership tax returns from receipt thereof in accordance herewith. GST returns prepared by the General Partner will not be subject to review by the Partners prior to the filing thereof with the applicable Governmental Agency, however, GST returns that have already been filed by the General Partner will be provided to any Partner for review upon reasonable request by such Partner. The General Partner, on behalf of the Partnership, may engage the PAA Provider who will assist it for the performance of the obligations set forth in this Section 8.5.

 

The General Partner will prepare and timely file a United States Department of the Treasury Form 1065 - U.S. Return of Partnership Income for any year in which a Partner transfers a Partnership interest or in which the Partnership distributes property of the Partnership to any Partner. Such Form 1065 shall include an election under Internal Revenue Code Section 754 to adjust the basis of Partnership assets for U.S. tax purposes.

 

8.6 Fiscal Year

 

The fiscal year of the Partnership (the “ Fiscal Year ”) will commence on January 1 and end on December 31 of each year, or on such other date as will be determined by the General Partner from time to time; except that the initial Fiscal Year of the Partnership commenced on the date the Certificate was filed and the final Fiscal Year of the Partnership will end on the date of dissolution or other termination of the Partnership.

 

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Article 9
BOOKS AND RECORDS AND AUDITOR

 

9.1 Books and Records

 

(1) The General Partner will maintain the partnership records of the Partnership at the principal office of the General Partner in Canada and will make available such books and records in a form that will enable the Limited Partners to access such books and records in Toronto, Ontario, during normal business hours and through remote electronic access.

 

(2) The General Partner will cause to be kept appropriate books and records (financial or otherwise) with respect to the Business. Any books and records by or on behalf of the Partnership in the normal course of business, including books of account and records of the proceedings of the Partnership, may be kept on, or be in the form of computer disk, hard disk, magnetic tape, or any other information storage device, provided that the books and records so maintained are convertible into clearly legible written form within a reasonable period of time. The books of the Partnership will be maintained, for financial reporting purposes, on an accrual basis in accordance with GAAP. The foregoing books and records will be maintained after the dissolution of the Partnership for the time periods required by the laws of Canada at the principal office of the General Partner in Canada. Such books and records will be made available to the Limited Partners in a form that will enable such Persons to access them in Toronto, Ontario, during normal business hours and through remote electronic access.

 

(3) The General Partner, on behalf of the Partnership, may engage the PAA Provider to assist it in the performance of the obligations set forth in this Article 9.

 

9.2 Access to Information

 

(1) Each Limited Partner and its Representatives and auditors, will have access, during normal business hours, to all books and records of, and information concerning, the Business and all financial and other reports received by the Partnership in respect of the Business.

 

(2) Upon the request of a Limited Partner made to the General Partner, Representatives and auditors of such Limited Partner will, subject to such Representatives and auditors agreeing to comply with confidentiality restrictions, be provided with an opportunity to meet during normal business hours, with the Auditor and other Persons who are familiar with the affairs of the Partnership.

 

(3) Each Limited Partner will bear its own costs for access to, and any audit or review by its Representatives and auditors referred to in this Section 9.2, including any costs associated with making photocopies of documents.

 

9.3 Selection of Auditor and Reporting

 

(1) The General Partner will retain internationally recognized accountants as may be approved by the Partners as the Auditors, to conduct an audit of the books and records of

 

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the Partnership, as may be required pursuant to this Agreement, in accordance with GAAP and the terms of this Agreement.

 

(2) The General Partner will prepare the Financial Statements and will retain the Auditors to audit such Financial Statements (to the extent required hereby) in accordance with GAAP and the terms of this Agreement.

 

(3) The General Partner will prepare and deliver to each of the Limited Partners within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the end of each Fiscal Year, annual financial statements in respect of the Partnership (the “ Annual Financial Statements ”), which shall be audited and prepared in accordance with GAAP, to the extent required by the Project Financing. If the Annual Financial Statements are not required to be audited pursuant to the terms of the Project Financing, then PSP shall have the right to request an audit of the Partnership, in which case the General Partner shall use commercially reasonable efforts to produce audited Annual Financial Statements, to be prepared (at PSP’s sole cost and expense) in an expeditious manner.

 

(4) The General Partner will prepare and deliver to each of the Limited Partners within sixty (60) days after the end of each quarter of each Fiscal Year (including the final quarter of each Fiscal Year), a reasonably detailed report summarizing the status of the activities of the Partnership as at the end of the applicable quarter, financial and operational results data and reforecasting (if applicable) and a distribution forecast (including calculations of debt services coverage ratio and forecasted distributions to partners, which will include the unaudited unconsolidated quarterly financial statements of the Partnership for the quarter then ended (which do not include footnotes), including a balance sheet, a statement of income (profit and loss) and a statement of Partners’ capital and a related statement of changes in cash flow for such quarter (all of which will contain comparisons to the prior year) and will contain notes explaining material balances set out in the balance sheet and income statements and which specify the accounting standard used (the “ Quarterly Financial Statements ”).

 

(5) The General Partner will deliver to each Limited Partner, on a quarterly basis together with the Quarterly Financial Statements, a reasonably detailed operating report, including summary environmental, health and safety information, as applicable.

 

(6) In addition to any report required under this Agreement or pursuant to Applicable Law, the General Partner will prepare or cause to be prepared and delivered to each of the Partners such other quarterly and annual reports in respect of the financial condition of the Partnership, distributions made by the Partnership as may be reasonably required by any of the Partners at any time and from time to time.

 

(7) PSP shall be entitled (at its sole cost and expense) to have auditors engaged by PSP review, subject to such auditors agreeing to comply with customary confidentiality restrictions, any financial statements prepared in respect of the Partnership and all books and records and working papers related thereto; provided that any such reviews shall be scheduled upon reasonable advance notice by PSP and shall occur during normal business hours and shall be conducted in a manner not to unreasonably interfere with the business and operations of the Partnership, the General Partner or PEGI and its Affiliates.

 

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Where the right to conduct any such review are subject to obligations of PEGI (or its Affiliates), the General Partner or the Partnership to, or limitations imposed by, any joint venture partners or contractual counterparties of the Partnership, the foregoing review rights of PSP will be subject to all such limitations and to full compliance by PEGI, the Partnership and PSP of all such obligations.

 

9.4 Accounting Principles

 

All calculations, reports, Financial Statements and projections required to be made or prepared hereunder will be made or prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

Article 10
PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS

 

10.1 Partnership Meetings

 

(1) The General Partner may at any time and shall, upon the written request of Limited Partners holding an aggregate Unit Interest of at least 25% requesting a meeting and stating the purpose for which the meeting is to be held, call a meeting of Limited Partners. If the General Partner fails or neglects to call such a meeting within five (5) days after receipt of the written request, any Limited Partner who was a party to the request may call the meeting of Limited Partners. For the avoidance of doubt, the Limited Partners shall only be entitled to approve or veto matters presented by the General Partner other than the matters referred to in Sections 4.10 and 13.3. Meetings of Limited Partners are to be held at such place in Toronto, Ontario or other city as the General Partner may designate or, in the event of a meeting called by Limited Partners in the aforesaid circumstances, at such place in Toronto, Ontario as the said Limited Partners may designate.

 

(2) Notice of any Limited Partners’ meeting shall be given to each Limited Partner and to the General Partner (unless such Partner waives in writing its right to receive such notice, which waiver may be made at any time before or after such Partners’ meeting). The notice shall be mailed by prepaid post at least ten (10) Business Days and not more than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting and shall specify the time and place of the meeting and, in reasonable detail, the nature of all business to be transacted. Notice for adjourned meetings shall be mailed in accordance with the provisions of notice contained in Section 15.11, except that it need not specify the nature of the business to be transacted. Accidental failure to give notice to any Partner shall not invalidate a meeting or proceeding thereat.

 

(3) The Chairman of all meetings will be chosen by the General Partner.

 

(4) Two or more Limited Partners attending in person or represented by proxy holding an aggregate Unit Interest of at least 50.1% shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Partners. If a quorum is not present for a meeting of Partners within 30 minutes after the time fixed for holding the meeting, the meeting, if convened pursuant to a written request of Limited Partners, will be cancelled, but otherwise will be adjourned to such date not less than five or more than twenty-one (21) days after the original date for the meeting as

 

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is determined by the General Partner at a time and location determined by the General Partner. The Limited Partners present at any such reconvened meeting shall constitute a quorum.

 

(5) Each Unit shall entitle the holder to one vote.

 

(6) The Chairman shall not have a casting vote. Every question submitted to a meeting shall be decided by a show of hands unless a poll is demanded by a Partner or the Chairman before the question is put or after the results of the show of hands has been announced and before the meeting proceeds to the next item of business, in which case a poll shall be taken.

 

(7) At any meeting of Partners, any Limited Partner is entitled to vote by proxy in a form acceptable to the General Partner, provided the proxy shall have been received by the General Partner for verification prior to the meeting. Any individual may be appointed as proxy and every instrument of proxy shall be considered valid unless it is dated more than one year before the date of the meeting or is challenged by a Partner or holder of another proxy prior to or at the time of its exercise. The Chairman shall determine the validity of any challenged instrument of proxy.

 

(8) Minutes and proceedings of every meeting of the Partners shall be made and recorded by the General Partner. Minutes, when signed by the Chairman of the meeting, shall be prima facie evidence of the matters therein stated. Until the contrary is proved, every meeting in respect of which minutes have been made shall be taken to have been duly held and convened and all proceedings referred to in the minutes shall be deemed to have been duly passed or not to have been passed, as the case may be.

 

Article 11
GENERAL SALE PROVISIONS

 

11.1 Warranties of Seller

 

Subject to the applicable limitations set forth in Article 7, each Partner shall do all such acts or things, including the execution of any Unit transfers, that may be necessary to effect the transfer of any Units to another Partner or a Third Party pursuant to this Section 11.1.

 

Each Transfer of Units between a seller and a buyer will, unless the seller and the buyer otherwise agree, be closed at the offices of the solicitors of the General Partner at 10:00 a.m. on the closing date specified in accordance with this Agreement.

 

11.2 Closing Conditions

 

At the time of closing of any Transfer of any Units between a seller and a buyer under this Agreement, the seller will table:

 

(a) a certificate or certificates representing the Units being Transferred by the seller, duly endorsed in blank for transfer or accompanied by a duly executed stock power of transfer in appropriate form;

 

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(b) a release of any Encumbrances on the Units being Transferred; and

 

(c) a certificate of the seller stating that the seller is not a non-resident of Canada for the purposes of the Income Tax Act or is, if the seller is a partnership, a “Canadian partnership” for purposes of the Income Tax Act.

 

11.3 Payment

 

The buyer will pay for the Units being purchased pursuant to this Agreement by a draft drawn on, or a cheque certified by, or a wire transfer initiated by a Canadian or U.S. chartered bank or trust company.

 

11.4 Allocation of Purchase Price

 

Unless otherwise specified herein, on any Transfer of Units the allocation of the purchase price for such Units will be to each Unit, equally per Unit.

 

11.5 Indebtedness between Seller and the Partnership

 

(1) If, on the date of closing of any sale and purchase of all or any part of the Units of a seller, the seller is indebted to the Partnership or any of its Subsidiaries or has failed to return any property of the Partnership or any of its Subsidiaries, then, unless the General Partner and the seller otherwise agree in writing, the buyer will at the time of closing of such purchase and sale pay to the General Partner the purchase price payable for the Units being sold and the General Partner, acting reasonably, will apply such purchase price to repayment of the indebtedness of the seller to the Partnership or any Subsidiary, as the case may be, and, if applicable, retain an amount equivalent to the fair value of the property of the Partnership or any Subsidiary, as the case may be, as security for the return of such property. If the seller sells all of its Units and the indebtedness of the seller to the Partnership or any Subsidiary exceeds the purchase price for the Units being sold, then the seller will at the time of closing pay the balance of such indebtedness to the General Partner to retire such indebtedness. If the purchase price for the Units being sold exceeds the indebtedness of the seller to the Partnership or any Subsidiary, the General Partner will pay the balance to the seller at the time of closing of such sale and purchase less, if applicable, such amount as it may retain, acting reasonably, equivalent to the fair value of the property of the Partnership or any Subsidiary, as the case may be, as security for the return of such property.

 

(2) If, on the date of closing of any sale and purchase of all of the Units of a seller, the Partnership or any Subsidiary is indebted to the seller, the Partnership or such Subsidiary will, at the time of closing, repay such indebtedness at its face value plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any.

 

(3) Notwithstanding anything else herein contained, if on the date of closing of any sale and purchase of Units of a seller to a Third Party, a seller or its Affiliates is indebted to such Third Party or its Affiliates pursuant to this Agreement or for any other reason related to the Project, the Third Party shall be entitled to deduct the amount of such indebtedness from the purchase price of the Units in full satisfaction thereof.

 

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11.6 Failure to Transfer Units

 

If any Limited Partner defaults in transferring Units pursuant to a Transfer that is required pursuant to Article 7, and except as otherwise provided in Section 7.7, the General Partner is authorized and directed to receive the purchase money therefor from the buyer and thereupon to record the transfer of Units, to enter the name of the buyer in the registers of the Partnership as the holder of the Units purchased by the buyer from the seller, and cause to be issued to the buyer Unit Certificates for such Units in the name of the buyer. The General Partner will hold the purchase money received by it in trust on behalf of the seller and will not commingle the purchase money with the General Partner’s or the Partnership’s assets, except that any interest accruing thereon will be for the account of the Partnership. The receipt by the General Partner of the purchase money will be a good discharge to the buyer and, after the name of the buyer has been entered in the registers of the Partnership as the holder of the Units purchased by it, the purchase and sale will be deemed completed at the price and on the terms and conditions contemplated herein and the buyer will for all purposes own the Units purchased by it. Upon such registration, the seller will cease to have any right to or in respect of the Units except the right to receive, without interest, the purchase money received by the General Partner upon surrender of any certificates that previously represented such Units.

 

Article 12
CONFIDENTIALITY

 

12.1 Confidentiality

 

(1) Subject to the provisions of this ‎ Section 12.1, each Partner shall, and shall cause its Affiliates and its and their Representatives to, keep confidential all information, documentation and records obtained from the Partnership, its Affiliates or their respective Representatives as well as any information arising out of any Partner’s access to the books and records of the Partnership (collectively, the “ Confidential Information ”); provided that except as set forth in ‎ Section 12.1(2), nothing herein shall restrict or prohibit any Partner from disclosing Confidential Information to its Representatives, in each case who first are instructed to maintain Confidential Information confidential on substantially similar terms as those contained in this ‎ Section 12.1(1); provided, further, that such Partner shall be liable for any breach of this ‎ Section 12.1 by any such Person as if such Partner had itself committed such breach. “ Confidential Information ” shall not include: (1) public information or information in the public domain at the time of its receipt by PSP or its Representatives; (2) information which becomes public through no fault or act of PSP or its Representatives; or (3) information received by PSP or its Affiliates in good faith from a third party lawfully in possession of the information and not in breach of any confidentiality obligations. PSP acknowledges that it is aware that (i) Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information (as defined below) contains material, non-public information regarding the Partnership and its Affiliates and PEGI and (ii) United States and Canadian securities laws prohibit any persons who have material, non-public information from purchasing or selling securities of a company using such information or from communicating such information to any Person (including its Affiliates) under circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that such Person is likely to purchase or sell such securities in reliance upon such information. PSP further confirms that it has in place internal information protection mechanisms to

 

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prevent unauthorized use of the Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information.

 

(2) Competitively Sensitive Information ” shall mean information regarding the Partnership or its Affiliates that PEGI determines that one or more Affiliates of PSP could reasonably be expected to use to compete with PEGI. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement (including Article 9), in no event shall PSP be entitled to receive Competitively Sensitive Information, and PSP shall, and shall cause its Affiliates to, maintain any Competitively Sensitive Information of which it or any of their Representatives is or becomes aware in strict confidence; provided that the General Partner, on behalf of the Partnership, shall provide PSP with a commercially reasonable description of the nature of any Competitively Sensitive Information that would otherwise have been provided to PSP but for this ‎ Section 12.1(2) and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide substitute disclosure to PSP that, to the greatest extent practicable under the circumstances, will enable PSP to exercise its rights under this Agreement and the Shareholder Agreement in substantially the same manner as if PSP had full access to such Competitively Sensitive Information and that is otherwise reasonably satisfactory to PSP.

 

(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or restrict any Partner or any of its Affiliates from disclosing, without the agreement of the Partnership or its Affiliate, as applicable: (a) Confidential Information required to be disclosed under any Applicable Law (including applicable securities laws) or the rules of any securities exchange; (b) Confidential Information required to be disclosed to its lenders or other creditors on a confidential basis; provided that in no event shall this clause (b) permit the disclosure of any Competitively Sensitive Information. Any Partner disclosing Confidential Information, as applicable in accordance with this ‎ Section 12.1 shall use reasonable efforts to (i) advise the Partnership and the other Partners of the details of the required disclosure and (ii) if permitted by Applicable Law, obtain the comments of the Partnership and such other Partners on the wording of the proposed disclosure prior to making such disclosure.

 

(4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, in no event shall PSP, any of its Affiliates, or any of their respective Representatives, share any Confidential Information or Competitively Sensitive Information with any portfolio companies or other investments of PSP (or any of their respective Representatives other than employees of PSP who are acting in their capacity as Representatives of PSP and do not use such information for any purpose other than in furtherance of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement) and PSP shall, and shall cause its Affiliates that receive Confidential Information or Competitively Sensitive Information to, use customary information barriers to ensure that no portfolio company or other investment of PSP or any of their respective Representatives (other than employees of PSP who are acting in their capacity as Representatives of PSP and do not use such information for any purpose other than in furtherance of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement) has access to any Confidential Information or Competitively Sensitive Information.

 

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Information and Competitively Sensitive Information disclosed pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise by or on behalf of the Partnership and its Affiliates.

 

(6) In the event of a breach of a Partner’s obligations under this Section 12.1, the Partner must, as soon as practicable following discovery of the breach, give written notice to the Partnership of the nature of the breach. The Partner must immediately, and upon consultation with the Partnership, take all necessary reasonable steps to limit the extent of the breach.

 

(7) Disclosure or use of Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information contrary to, or other breach of, this Agreement, or any other failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement by a Partner, will give rise to irreparable injury to the Partnership and Affiliates, inadequately compensable in damages. The Partners acknowledge and agree that the Partnership and its Affiliates, as applicable, may, in addition to any other remedy and in conjunction with Section 15.16, enforce the performance of this Agreement by way of injunction or specific performance upon application to a court of competent jurisdiction without proof of actual damages (and without the requirement of posting a bond or other security). The rights and remedies provided in this Agreement are cumulative and are in addition to, and not in substitution for, any other rights and remedies available at law or equity.

 

12.2 Public Announcements

 

Each Limited Partner shall, and shall cause its Affiliates, to consult with the other Limited Partner and provide that other Limited Partner a reasonable opportunity to comment before issuing any press release or making any other public announcement regarding the other Limited Partner, provided that (i) in the case of any disclosure required by Applicable Law or stock exchange rule, such consultation and opportunity to comment shall only be required to the extent reasonably practicable under the circumstances and (ii) no consultation and opportunity to comment shall be required with respect to any disclosure that is substantially similar to prior public disclosure made in compliance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

12.3 Subsidiaries as Third Party Beneficiaries

 

The provisions of this Article 12 will enure to the benefit of the Partnership and its Subsidiaries, if any, notwithstanding that such Subsidiaries are not parties hereto.

 

12.4 Survival

 

The provisions of this Article 12 will survive the termination of this Agreement or dissolution of the Partnership.

 

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Article 13
TERM, TERMINATION AND DEFAULT

 

13.1 Term

 

The Partnership will continue until the Partnership is dissolved pursuant to Section 13.2 or by operation of law, and the property of the Partnership has been distributed as provided for herein.

 

13.2 Termination

 

The Partnership shall continue from the date hereof until it is dissolved upon the first to occur of the following:

 

(a) by a notice given by the General Partner to the Limited Partners not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the effective date of dissolution;

 

(b) the disposition of all or substantially all of the property of the Partnership;

 

(c) the dissolution, bankruptcy or assignment for the benefit of creditors of the General Partner (unless proper provision is made for the appointment of a substitute general partner);

 

(d) the occurrence of any other event causing the dissolution of the Partnership under the Act or other Applicable Law; or

 

(e) August 13, 2109.

 

Subject where applicable to compliance with the provisions of the Act for the renewal thereof, the Partnership shall not dissolve or terminate upon the death, bankruptcy, assignment of property in trust for the benefit of creditors or withdrawal of or attempted withdrawal by any Limited Partner, or the admission of any additional or substituted limited partners.

 

13.3 Limited Return of Capital Contributions Upon Dissolution

 

Each Partner will look solely to the property of the Partnership for all distributions and will have no recourse therefor, upon dissolution or otherwise, against the property of any other Partner. Notwithstanding the dissolution of the Partnership, the business of the Partnership and the affairs of the Partners, as such, will continue to be governed by this Agreement until termination of the Partnership, as provided for in this Agreement. Upon dissolution of the Partnership, the General Partner, or, if there is no General Partner, a liquidator (who may be a Partner) appointed by the written approval of all of the Limited Partners, will liquidate the property of the Partnership and apply and distribute the proceeds thereof as contemplated by this Agreement.

 

13.4 Distribution Upon Liquidation

 

(1) The General Partner, or if there is none, the liquidator appointed pursuant to Section 13.3, as the case may be, will cause the Certificate to be cancelled and file a declaration of

 

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dissolution, together with any other document necessary, desirable or useful in connection with the dissolution and winding up of the Partnership pursuant to the Act.

 

(2) The General Partner or liquidator, as applicable, will liquidate the property of the Partnership as promptly as is consistent with obtaining the fair market value thereof, and apply and distribute the proceeds thereof in the following order:

 

(a) first, to the payment of the debts and liabilities of the Partnership in accordance with the Act and to the payment of liquidation expenses;

 

(b) second, to the establishment of reasonable reserves for contingencies which the General Partner or the liquidator, as the case may be, may consider necessary to satisfy any obligations or liabilities of the Partnership (except to the extent that the Partnership has put in place insurance policies to address such obligations or liabilities);

 

(c) third, to the payment of the balance of the distributions owing (if any) to the Partners in accordance with Article 8; and

 

(d) fourth, the balance, if any, to the Partners in accordance with their Unit Interests immediately prior to the dissolution of the Partnership.

 

(3) The General Partner or liquidator, as applicable, will thereafter send notices of dissolution to all third parties that have dealings with the Partnership but would not otherwise have been notified of the dissolution.

 

(4) The General Partner or liquidator shall at the time of liquidation assess the availability of insurance to reduce or eliminate the requirement for any reserves for contingencies pursuant to Section 13.4(2)(b) on commercially reasonable terms but, for certainty, the General Partner or liquidator shall retain the discretion to determine whether to purchase such insurance if available. If any of the reserves for the contingencies which the General Partner or the liquidator, as the case may be, taken pursuant to Section 13.4(2)(b) have not been applied to satisfy any obligations or liabilities of the Partnership within one year following the liquidation of the Partnership in accordance with this Section 13.4, the amount of any such unapplied reserves shall be distributed to the Partners in accordance with their Unit Interests immediately prior to the dissolution of the Partnership

 

(5) This Section 13.4 shall survive the dissolution of the Partnership and the termination of this Agreement.

 

Article 14
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

14.1 General Partner Representations and Warranties

 

The General Partner hereby represents and warrants as follows, and acknowledges and confirms that the other Partners are relying on such representations and warranties in entering into this Agreement:

 

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(a) Qualification . It is a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of British Columbia and is validly subsisting under such laws and has the corporate power to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement.

 

(b) Authorization . The execution and delivery of and performance by it of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the General Partner.

 

(c) Validity of Agreement . The execution and delivery of and performance by the General Partner of this Agreement:

 

(i) will not (or would not with the giving of notice, the lapse of time or the happening of any other event or condition) result in a breach or violation of or a conflict with, or allow any other Person to exercise any rights under, any of the terms or provisions of its constating documents;

 

(ii) will not (or would not with the giving of notice, the lapse of time or the happening of any other event or condition) result in a breach or violation of or a conflict with, or allow any other Person to exercise any rights under any Contracts to which the General Partner is a party or pursuant to which any of the General Partner’s assets may be affected; and

 

(iii) will not result in the violation of any law.

 

(d) Execution and Binding Obligation . This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the General Partner and constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement of the General Partner enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, subject only to any limitation under Applicable Laws relating to (i) bankruptcy, winding-up, insolvency, arrangement and other laws of general application affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights, and (ii) the discretion that a court may exercise in the granting of equitable remedies.

 

(e) Residence . The General Partner is not a non-resident of Canada for the purposes of the Income Tax Act and:

 

(i) it is acting as a principal in respect of this Agreement;

 

(ii) its interest in the Partnership is not a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2 of the Income Tax Act ;

 

(iii) an interest in the General Partner is not a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2 of the Income Tax Act;

 

(iv) its interest in the Partnership does not cause or will not cause the Partnership to be a “SIFT partnership” for purposes of the Income Tax Act; and

 

(v) the Partnership is registered for GST and applicable sales tax purposes.

 

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(f) Registrations . It holds and will maintain the registrations necessary for the conduct of its business and has and will continue to have all licences and permits necessary to carry on its business as the General Partner of the Partnership in all jurisdictions where the activities of the Partnership require such licensing or other form of registration of the General Partner.

 

14.2 Representations and Warranties of the Limited Partners

 

Each Limited Partner hereby represents and warrants as follows, and acknowledges and confirms that the other Partners are relying on such representations and warranties in entering into this Agreement:

 

(a) Qualification . It is a corporation, partnership or other legal entity, duly incorporated or formed and existing under the laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation or formation and has the corporate or other power to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement.

 

(b) Authorization . The execution and delivery of and performance by it of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other action on the part of the Limited Partner.

 

(c) Validity of Agreement . The execution and delivery of and performance by the Limited Partner of this Agreement:

 

(i) will not (or would not with the giving of notice, the lapse of time or the happening of any other event or condition) result in a breach or violation of or a conflict with, or allow any other Person to exercise any rights under, any of the terms or provisions of its constating documents;

 

(ii) will not (or would not with the giving of notice, the lapse of time or the happening of any other event or condition) result in a breach or violation of or a conflict with, or allow any other Person to exercise any rights under any contracts or instruments to which the Limited Partner is a party or pursuant to which any of the Limited Partner’s assets may be affected; and

 

(iii) will not result in the violation of any law.

 

(d) Execution and Binding Obligation . This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Limited Partner and constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement of each Limited Partner enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, subject only to any limitation under Applicable Laws relating to (i) bankruptcy, winding-up, insolvency, arrangement and other laws of general application affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights, and (ii) the discretion that a court may exercise in the granting of equitable remedies.

 

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(e) Residence . The Limited Partner is not a non-resident of Canada for the purposes of the Income Tax Act or is, if a partnership, a “Canadian partnership” for the purposes of the Income Tax Act and:

 

(i) it is acting as a principal in respect of this Agreement;

 

(ii) its interest in the Partnership is not a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2. of the Income Tax Act;

 

(iii) an interest in the General Partner is not a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2. of the Income Tax Act;

 

(iv) its interest in the Partnership does not cause or will not cause the Partnership to be a “SIFT partnership” for purposes of the Income Tax Act; and

 

(v) if the Limited Partner is a partnership, an interest in the Limited Partner is not held, directly or indirectly through one or more other partnerships, by another partnership where an interest in such other partnership is a “tax shelter investment” as defined in subsection 143.2. of the Income Tax Act.

 

14.3 Survival

 

The representations, warranties and covenants of the Partners contained in this Article 14 survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and continue in full force and effect with respect to each Partner until it ceases to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement.

 

Article 15
GENERAL

 

15.1 Limited Partner not a General Partner

 

If any provision of this Agreement has the effect of imposing upon any Limited Partner any of the liabilities or obligations of a general partner under the Act, such provision will be deemed to be of no force and effect and severed from the remainder of this Agreement.

 

15.2 Agreement to be Bound

 

Each Person who becomes a Limited Partner must concurrently with becoming a Limited Partner execute and deliver to the Partnership a counterpart copy of this Agreement or a written agreement in form and substance satisfactory to the Parties, agreeing to be bound by this Agreement, including making the representations and warranties contained in Article 14.

 

15.3 Entire Agreement

 

This Agreement, together with the Shareholder Agreement, constitute the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions, whether oral or written (including the Prior Limited Partnership Agreement). There are no conditions,

 

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representations, warranties or other agreements between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, whether oral or written, express or implied, statutory or otherwise, except as specifically set out in this Agreement and the Shareholder Agreement. Any actions taken by the General Partner in its own capacity or the General Partner in its capacity as the general partner of the Partnership, including the entering into or the amendment, waiver or termination of any Related Party Contract pursuant to Section 4.3, shall be subject to the applicable provisions of the Shareholder Agreement, and any action taken by the General Partner in violation of any provision of the Shareholder Agreement shall be null and void ab initio .

 

15.4 Amendment

 

(1) This Agreement may be amended at any time in writing by the General Partner without prior notice to or consent from any Limited Partner if such amendment is made to:

 

(a) reflect a change that, in the sole discretion of the General Partner, is reasonable and necessary or appropriate to qualify or continue the qualification of the Partnership as a partnership in which the Limited Partners have limited liability under Applicable Laws;

 

(b) reflect a change that, in the sole discretion of the General Partner, is reasonable, necessary or appropriate to enable the Partnership to take advantage of, or not be detrimentally affected by, changes in any taxation laws;

 

(c) remove any conflicts or other inconsistencies which may exist between any terms of this Agreement and any provisions of any Applicable Law applicable to the establishment or maintenance of the Partnership; or

 

(d) ensure or continue compliance with Applicable Laws or requirements of any Governmental Agency having jurisdiction over the Partnership.

 

(2) The General Partner will notify the Limited Partners of any amendment to this Agreement within a reasonable time following the effective date of the amendment.

 

(3) Amendments not contemplated in Section 15.4(1) above will only be made by a written instrument signed by the General Partner and the Limited Partners.

 

15.5 Rights of Set-Off

 

Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the Partnership and the General Partner shall have the right to set off against any amount that would otherwise have been paid to a Limited Partner hereunder, any amount owing by the Limited Partner to the Partnership, including any amount owing as a result of a breach by the Limited Partner of its obligations hereunder.

 

15.6 Waiver

 

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inferred from or implied by any failure to act or delay in acting by a Party in respect of any default, breach or non-compliance or by anything done or omitted to be done by that Party. The waiver by a Party of any default, breach or non-compliance under this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of that Party’s rights under this Agreement in respect of any continuing or subsequent default, breach or non-compliance, whether of the same or any other nature.

 

15.7 Governing Law

 

This Agreement will be construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein (without reference to conflicts of law principles). Each of the Parties irrevocably attorns to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of British Columbia but nothing in this Agreement will preclude any Party from bringing suit or taking other legal action in any other jurisdiction.

 

15.8 Severability

 

Any provision of this Agreement that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction will, as to that jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability and will be severed from the balance of this Agreement, all without affecting the remaining provisions of this Agreement or affecting the validity or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

15.9 Time of Essence

 

Time will be of the essence of this Agreement in all respects.

 

15.10 Further Assurances

 

Each Party will promptly do, execute and deliver or cause to be done, executed and delivered all further acts, documents and things in connection with this Agreement that any other Party may reasonably require for the purpose of giving effect to this Agreement.

 

15.11 Notice

 

(1) Any notice or other communication required or permitted to be given under this Agreement will be in writing and will be effectively given and made if delivered or sent by facsimile to the applicable address or facsimile number set out below:

 

(i) to Pattern:

 

c/o Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Pier 1, Bay 3 

San Francisco, CA 94111

 

Attention:            General Counsel
Facsimile:             415-362-7900

 

(ii) to PSP:

 

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Public Sector Pension Investment Board
1250 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Suite 1400
Montreal, Québec H3B 5E9

 

Attention:           Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments
Email:                   vertuousenergy@investpsp.ca and legalnotices@investpsp.ca

 

with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

 

1501, avenue McGill College
26th Floor
Montréal, Québec H3A 3N9

 

Attention:            Franziska Ruf
Email:                    fruf@dwpv.com

 

(iii) to the General Partner:

 

c/o Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Pier 1, Bay 3 

San Francisco, CA 94111

 

Attention:           General Counsel
Facsimile:            415-362-7900

 

(2) Any notice or other communication so given will be deemed to have been given and received on the day of delivery, if delivered, or on the day of faxing, if faxed, provided that such day is a Business Day and such notice or other communication is so delivered or faxed by 4:00 p.m. (local time at the place of receipt) on such day. Otherwise, such notice or communication will be deemed to have been given and received on the next following Business Day. Any such notice or other communication given in any other manner will be deemed to have been given and received only upon actual receipt. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, each Party shall, to the extent possible, send a copy by e-mail of each notice, request, demand or communication given in accordance with the foregoing to each recipient thereof; provided that the sending of (or failure to send) a copy of such notice, request, demand or communication by e-mail shall in no way affect the validity of such notice, request, demand or communication or the interpretation as to when such notice, request, demand or communication is deemed to be received pursuant to this Section 15.11.

 

(3) Any Party may from time to time change its address, contact name or facsimile number under this Section 15.11 by notice to the other Parties given in the manner provided by this Section 15.11.

 

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15.12 Benefit/Binding

 

This Agreement will enure to the benefit of and be binding on the Parties and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and permitted assigns.

 

15.13 Dispute Resolution Procedure

 

Except as otherwise provided for in Section 12.1(7) of this Agreement, if any dispute, claim, question or differences arises out of or in relation to this Agreement, or any breach hereof, (a “ Dispute ”) the Parties to this Agreement shall each use commercially reasonable efforts to settle the Dispute prior to resorting to commencing a proceeding in respect of such Dispute ( “ Initial Good Faith Discussions ”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Dispute is not resolved within ten (10) days of commencing such Initial Good Faith Discussions, the Parties shall refer such Dispute to their respective senior representatives, who shall in turn use commercially reasonable efforts to settle the Dispute (the “ Escalated Good Faith Discussions ”). If such Dispute remains unresolved following the date that is ten (10) days following the commencement of the Escalated Good Faith Discussions, any Party may, following delivery of written notice to the other Party or Parties, as applicable, commence an action in respect of such Dispute.

 

15.14 Assignment

 

No Party may assign or transfer, whether absolutely, by way of security or otherwise, all or any part of its rights or obligations under this Agreement unless approved by the General Partner and the Limited Partners, except where such assignment or transfer is being made together with the Transfer of its Units in accordance with this Agreement.

 

15.15 Legend on Certificates

 

All certificates representing Units will have a legend endorsed on them substantially as follows:

 

“There are restrictions on the right to transfer the Units represented by this certificate. In addition, such Units are subject to an Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement dated as of August 10, 2017 between Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC, Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. and Meikle Wind Energy Corp., as amended from time to time, and may not be pledged, sold or otherwise transferred except in accordance with the provisions thereof.”

 

15.16 Remedies

 

The Parties acknowledge and agree that all restrictions contained in this Agreement are reasonable and valid and that all defences to the strict enforcement of such restrictions are hereby waived, and that the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions set forth in this Agreement are special and unique such that a breach of any such rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions cannot adequately be compensated for by an award of damages. Accordingly, any Party will be entitled to temporary and permanent injunctive relief and to an order for specific performance against every other Party that is in breach of this Agreement without having to prove damages.

 

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Any remedy this Agreement sets forth or contemplates will be in addition to and not in substitution for or dependent upon any other remedy.

 

15.17 Withholding

 

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding, all payments that the Partnership is required to make under this Agreement to a Partner will be subject to withholding of such amounts relating to income taxes, employment insurance premiums, Canada pension plan contributions, workers’ compensation premiums, other taxes and other amounts as the Partnership may reasonably determine it must withhold pursuant to any Applicable Law. In lieu of withholding such amounts, in whole or in part, the Partnership may, in its sole discretion, accept other provision for payment of taxes as required by law, provided it is satisfied that all requirements of law affecting its responsibilities to withhold such amounts have been satisfied.

 

15.18 Expenses

 

Each Limited Partner will pay its own legal and other costs and expenses incurred in connection with the negotiation and finalization of this Agreement.

 

15.19 Independent Advice

 

Each of the Limited Partners acknowledges that it has received or waived the opportunity to receive independent legal and tax advice in connection with this Agreement and with owning its respective Units.

 

15.20 Counterparts

 

This Agreement may be executed by facsimile or in portable document format (pdf) and delivered electronically and in two or more counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original and all of which will constitute one and the same instrument.

 

15.21 Corporate Opportunities, Waiver of Fiduciary Duties, Etc.

 

To the maximum extent permitted by Applicable Law, no Limited Partner will have any fiduciary duties to any other Partner of the Partnership, including as may result from a conflict of interest between any of PEGI, Pattern, PSP and the Partnership.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered as of the date first written above.

 

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY CORP.

 

 

Per: /s/ Colin Edwards
  Name: Colin Edwards
  Title: Director

 


PATTERN CANADA FINANCE COMPANY ULC

 

 

Per: /s/ Colin Edwards
  Name: Colin Edwards
  Title: Director

 

 

VERTUOUS ENERGY CANADA INC.

 

 

Per: /s/ Jean Daigneault
  Name: Jean Daigneault
  Title: Vice President
   
  /s/ Mélanie Bernier
  Name: Mélanie Bernier
  Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE “A”
CURRENT CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND CURRENT UNITS HELD BY THE PARTNERS

 

Partner Capital Contributions Number of Units Percentage of Units
Meikle Wind Energy Corp. $23,605.87 2 0.02%
Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC $60,183,183.24 5,099 50.99%
Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. $57,822,595.55 4,899 48.99%

 

 

SCHEDULE “B”
PROJECT AGREEMENTS

 

i.       any lease or other type of agreement granting long-term real property tenure rights that is material to the Project, taken as a whole;

 

ii.       applicable third-party partnership agreements (including agreements with tax equity partners).

 

iii.       the engineering, procurement and construction agreement, balance-of-plant construction contract or similar agreement and related guarantee (but only to the extent adversely affecting the warranty provisions thereof);

 

iv.       the turbine supply agreement or similar material equipment supply agreement and related guarantee (but only to the extent adversely affecting the warranty provisions thereof);

 

v.       the service and maintenance agreement or similar agreement entered into in respect of the wind turbines or any other material equipment;

 

vi.       long-term power purchase agreement, long-term energy hedge agreement or similar agreement entered into with any off-taker to purchase electricity or other products from the Partnership;

 

vii.       the interconnection agreement;

 

viii.       agreements evidencing indebtedness of the types described in clause (h) in Schedule “B” of the Shareholder Agreement;

 

ix.       any other Contract that affects the Operating Period to which the General Partner on its own behalf or on behalf of the Partnership is a party or by which such Person, or any of its assets is bound and that:

 

1.       limits the freedom of the General Partner, the Partnership or any of their Subsidiaries to compete in any line of business or with any Person or in any area or granting “most favored nation” or similar status, in a manner that is material to the Project, taken as a whole;

 

2.       is with Pattern Energy Group LP or any of its Affiliates that is material to the Project, taken as a whole; or

 

3.       the entry into or loss of which would result in a material adverse effect.

 

Operating Period ” means, in respect of the Project, the period commencing on COD.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE “C”
FORM OF UNIT CERTIFICATE

 

See attached.

 

 

 

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

(a limited partnership formed under the laws of the Province of British Columbia)

 

No. Number of Limited Partnership Units:

 

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT

 

is the registered holder of _________________ Limited Partnership Units in

 

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

The rights of the holder of limited partnership units are governed by the amended and restated limited partnership agreement dated as of April 15, 2014, as amended, restated, supplemented, replaced or otherwise modified from time to time (the “ Limited Partnership Agreement ”), among Meikle Wind Energy Corp. and Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada U LC, and each person who from time to time is accepted as and becomes a limited partner of the partnership formed pursuant to the Limited Partnership Agreement. The liability of the holder of this certificate is limited to the capital contribution made by such holder to Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership plus such holder’s pro rata share of the undistributed income of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership. Limited partners of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership may lose the protection of limited liability by taking part in the control of the business of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership.

 

There are restrictions on the right to transfer the limited partnership units represented by this certificate. In addition, such limited partnership units are subject to the Limited Partnership Agreement and may not be pledged, sold or otherwise transferred except in accordance with the provisions thereof.

 

A copy of the Limited Partnership Agreement is available from the General Partner of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership on request therefor. This certificate is not valid unless manually signed by or on behalf of the General Partner of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership.

 

In witness whereof Meikle Wind Energy Corp., the General Partner of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership, has caused this certificate to be issued and signed by its duly authorized officers.

 

DATED _________________________________

 

  MEIKLE WIND ENERGY CORP ., as general
 

partner of MEIKLE WIND ENERGY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

 

  By:    
     
  By:    

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.2

 

Execution Copy

 

 

Meikle Wind Energy Corp.

 

 

SHAREHOLDER AGREEMENT

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Page

 

Article 1 INTERPRETATION 1
1.1 Definitions 1
1.2 Headings 9
1.3 Number and Gender 9
1.4 Business Days 9
1.5 Currency and Payment Obligations 9
1.6 Calculation of Interest 9
1.7 Accounting Principles 9
1.8 Statute and Agreement References 10
1.9 Section and Schedule References 10
1.10 Subsidiaries 10
Article 2 CORPORATE AFFAIRS 10
2.1 Business and Affairs of the Corporation 10
2.2 Directors 10
2.3 Officers 11
2.4 Chairman 11
2.5 Meetings of Board 11
2.6 Observers; Attendance of Others 12
2.7 Obligations of Directors 12
2.8 Related Party Contracts 12
2.9 Indemnification and Insurance 13
2.10 Meetings of Shareholders 14
2.11 Freedom in Decision Making 14
2.12 Fiscal Year 15
2.13 Business of the Corporation 15
Article 3 MANAGEMENT OF THE CORPORATION AND APPROVALS 15
3.1 Management of the Corporation 15
3.2 Exercise of Authority 15

 

3.3 Shareholder Approvals 15
Article 4 PROJECT OPERATING BUDGET, CAPITAL CALLS AND DISTRIBUTIONS 16
4.1 Project Operating Budget 16
4.2 Funding Obligations with respect to the Corporation 16
4.3 Funding Obligations with respect to the Partnership 17
4.4 Distributions 17
4.5 Distribution of Proceeds from Sale of the Corporation’s Assets 17
Article 5 LOSS OF RIGHTS 18
5.1 Bankruptcy 18
5.2 Dilution Below 10% 18
5.3 Events of Default 19
5.4 Consequences of Loss of Rights 20
Article 6 TRANSFER & DISPOSITION OF SHARES 21
6.1 General Prohibition 21

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6.2 General Restrictions 21
6.3 Permitted Transfer 22
6.4 Permitted Transfers to Controlled Affiliates 23
6.5 Restrictions on Transfer 23
6.6 Transfer of Units by PSP or Pattern 24
6.7 Release of Transferring Shareholder 24
6.8 Pledge of Shares 25
6.9 Conditions to Admission 25
6.10 Indirect Transfers 25
Article 7 BOOKS, RECORDS, AUDITORS AND TAX RETURNS 26
7.1 Books and Records 26
7.2 Access to Information 26
7.3 Selection of Auditors and Reporting 27
7.4 Accounting Principles 28
7.5 Tax Returns 28
Article 8 THIRD PARTY AGREEMENTS 28
8.1 Pattern O&M Contract 28
8.2 Pattern PAA 28
Article 9 CONFIDENTIALITY 29
9.1 Confidentiality 29
9.2 Public Announcements 31
9.3 Subsidiaries as Third Party Beneficiaries 31
Article 10 GENERAL SALE PROVISIONS 31
10.1 Warranties of Seller 31
10.2 Closing 31
10.3 Closing Conditions 31
10.4 Payment 32
10.5 Allocation of Purchase Price 32
10.6 Indebtedness between Seller and the Corporation 32
Article 11 ISSUE OF ADDITIONAL SHARES 33
11.1 Issuance of Shares 33
Article 12 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES 33
12.1 Representations and Warranties of the Shareholders 33
12.2 Survival 34
Article 13 GENERAL 34
13.1 Actions in Accordance with Agreement 34
13.2 Corporation Consent 34
13.3 Agreement to be Bound 34
13.4 Conflict with Articles 34
13.5 Entire Agreement 35
13.6 Amendment 35
13.7 Rights of Set-Off 35
13.8 Waiver 35

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13.9 Governing Law 35
13.10 Severability 35
13.11 Time of Essence 36
13.12 Further Assurances 36
13.13 Notice 36
13.14 Benefit/Binding 37
13.15 Dispute Resolution Procedure 37
13.16 No Right to Employment 38
13.17 Assignment 38
13.18 Legend on Certificates 38
13.19 Subdivision, Consolidation, etc. of Shares 38
13.20 Termination of Agreement and Survival 38
13.21 Remedies 39
13.22 Withholding 39
13.23 Expenses 39
13.24 Independent Advice 39
13.25 Counterparts 39
13.26 Corporate Opportunities, Waiver of Fiduciary Duties, Etc. 39

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Shareholder Agreement

 

THIS SHAREHOLDER AGREEMENT (the “ Agreement ”) is made as of August 10, 2017, among:

 

PATTERN CANADA FINANCE COMPANY ULC , a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia, along with its successors and permitted assigns,
(“ Pattern Shareholder ”)

 

and

 

VERTUOUS ENERGY CANADA INC. , a corporation existing under the laws of the Canada, along with its successors and permitted assigns,
(“ PSP Shareholder ”)

 

and

 

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY CORP. , a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia
(the “ Corporation ”).

 

WHEREAS the Corporation is the general partner of Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership, which owns the Project;

 

AND WHEREAS the authorized capital of the Corporation consists of an unlimited number of common shares (the “ Common Shares ”) of which there are outstanding as at the date of this Agreement the Common Shares set out in Schedule “A”;

 

AND WHEREAS as of the date hereof the Shareholders (as defined herein) directly or indirectly own the Shares (as defined herein) set out opposite their respective names in Schedule “A”;

 

AND WHEREAS the Corporation and the Shareholders wish to enter into this Shareholder Agreement on the terms hereof, effective as of the date hereof;

 

NOW THEREFORE , in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged by each of the Parties, the Parties agree as set forth below.

 

Article 1
INTERPRETATION

 

1.1 Definitions

 

In this Agreement, unless there is something in the subject matter or context inconsistent therewith, the following words and terms will have the following meanings:

 

 

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(1) Administration Services ” means the administration services to be provided by the PAA Provider to the Project pursuant to the PAA which includes the bookkeeping, accounting, administration of accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparation of financial statements and tax returns, loan administration (other than loan administration to be provided in relation to construction loan and project financing for the Project as set forth in the O&M Contract) and other administrative services that may be customarily requested and agreed by the PAA Provider and the Corporation from time to time that are provided for the benefit of the Corporation in respect of the Project;

 

(2) Affiliate ” means, in respect of a Party, any Person that as at the time determined, (i) Controls such Party, (ii) is Controlled by such Party, or (iii) is Controlled by the same Person that Controls such Party; provided that (x) neither the Partnership nor the Corporation shall be deemed an Affiliate of either Pattern or PSP for any purpose hereunder, (y) neither Pattern Energy Group LP nor Pattern Energy Group 2 LP shall be deemed an Affiliate of either Pattern or PSP for any purpose hereunder, and (z) neither Shareholder shall be deemed an Affiliate of the other Shareholder for any purpose hereunder;

 

(3) Agreement ”, “ this Agreement ”, “ hereto ”, “ herein ”, “ hereby ”, “ hereunder ”, “ hereof ” and similar expressions refer to this Agreement and not to any particular Article, Section, subsection, clause, subdivision or other portion hereof and include any and every amending agreement and agreement supplemental or ancillary hereto;

 

(4) Annual Financial Statements ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.3(3);

 

(5) Applicable Law ” means:

 

(a) applicable federal, state, provincial or municipal laws, orders-in-council, bylaws, codes, rules, policies, regulations and statutes;

 

(b) applicable orders, decisions, codes, judgments, rules, injunctions, decrees, awards and writs of any Governmental Agency;

 

(c) applicable rulings and conditions of any license, permit, certificate, registration, authorization, consent and approval issued by a Governmental Agency;

 

(6) Articles ” means the articles of the Corporation, as amended, replaced or amended and restated from time to time in accordance with the BCCA;

 

(7) Auditors ” means the auditors of the Corporation as determined by the Board from time to time;

 

(8) Bank ” means the bank that is appointed the principal banker of the Corporation from time to time;

 

(9) BCCA ” means the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia);

 

(10) Board ” means the board of directors of the Corporation appointed or elected from time to time;

 

 

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(11) Business ” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.13;

 

(12) Business Day ” means any day other a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday in San Francisco, California, USA or Montreal, Quebec, Canada;

 

(13) Capital Call ” means a call by the Corporation, as the general partner of the Partnership, to the Limited Partners and the Corporation to contribute a specified amount of money to the Partnership and/or a call by the Shareholders to the Corporation for amounts required to permit the Corporation to fulfill its obligations to fund a capital call made under the Partnership Agreement, as required by the context;

 

(14) COD ” means the Commercial Operation Date of the Project, as defined in the Power Purchase Agreement, being January 31, 2017;

 

(15) Common Shares ” has the meaning set forth in the recitals;

 

(16) Competitively Sensitive Information ” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.1(2);

 

(17) Competitor ” means a Person that directly or indirectly (including through one or more Affiliates) develops or operates wind power or solar power projects (“ Competitive Activities ”); for the purposes of the restrictions on transfer set forth in Section 6.5, the definition of “ Competitor ” shall not include a pension fund, investment fund, pooled investment vehicle, insurance company or institutional investor that is directly or indirectly engaged in such activities through another Person (including through one or more Affiliates); provided that (a) the transferee’s primary business activity is not its direct or indirect ownership of such Person, and (b) such transfer shall not be to the Person that is directly engaged in Competitive Activities;

 

(18) Confidential Information ” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.1(1);

 

(19) Contract ” means any agreement, indenture, contract, purchase order, lease, sublease, deed of trust, licence, option or instrument, in any case, whether written or oral;

 

(20) Control ” or “ Controls ” means, with respect to any Person at any time, (i) holding, whether directly or indirectly, as owner or other beneficiary (other than solely as the beneficiary of an unrealized security interest) securities or ownership interests of that Person carrying votes or ownership interests sufficient to elect or appoint more than 50% of the individuals who are responsible for the supervision or management of that Person, or (ii) the exercise of de facto control of that Person, whether direct or indirect and whether through the ownership of securities or ownership interests or by Contract, trust or otherwise, and “ Controlled ” and “ Controlling ” have corresponding meanings;

 

(21) Controlled Affiliate ” means (i) in respect of PSP, an Affiliate of PSP that is Controlled by Public Sector Pension Investment Board, and (ii) in respect of Pattern, an Affiliate of Pattern that is Controlled by PEGI;

 

(22) Director ” means an individual occupying at any time the position of a director of the Corporation;

 

(23) Dispute ” has the meaning set forth in Section 13.15;

 

 

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(24) Eligible Proceeding ” has the meaning given to it in the BCCA;

 

(25) Emergency Situation ” means any unexpected situation which would, unless remedied immediately, (a) result in a material breach of the Power Purchase Agreement or any Applicable Law, (b) have a material adverse effect on the development, construction or operation of the Project, or (c) result in injury or death to any individual or any material damage to or destruction of the environment or any of the material Project Assets;

 

(26) Encumbrance ” means any mortgage, lien, encumbrance, charge, pledge, assignment by way of security, security interest, title retention, preferential right or trust arrangement, easement or any other security arrangement or any other arrangement having the same effect;

 

(27) Entity ” means any Person other than a natural person;

 

(28) EPC Contract ” means the balance of plant agreement entered into by and between the Partnership and the EPC Contractor, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the Project;

 

(29) EPC Contractor ” means Borea Construction ULC which was engaged by the Partnership pursuant to the EPC Contract;

 

(30) Escalated Good Faith Discussions ” has the meaning set forth in Section 13.15;

 

(31) Financial Statements ” means, collectively, the Annual Financial Statements and the Quarterly Financial Statements;

 

(32) Fiscal Year ” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.12;

 

(33) Funding Notice ” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.2(1);

 

(34) GAAP ” means United States generally acceptable accounting principles, as such principles may be amended, varied or replaced from time to time and as accepted and adopted by the applicable Party, which are applicable as at the date on which any calculation made hereunder is to be effective or as at the date of any Financial Statements referred to herein;

 

(35) Governmental Agency ” means any federal or national, state, provincial, county, municipal or local government or regulatory or supervisory department, body, political subdivision, commission, agency, instrumentality, ministry, court, judicial or administrative body, taxing authority, or other authority thereof (including any corporation or other entity owned or controlled by any of the foregoing) acting in a regulatory capacity and having jurisdiction over the matter or Person in question, including the Power Authority;

 

(36) GST ” means goods and services taxes imposed pursuant to the Excise Tax Act (Canada) or any successor legislation thereto;

 

(37) including ” means including without limitation, and “includes” means includes without limitation;

 

 

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(38) Income Tax Act ” means the Income Tax Act (Canada);

 

(39) Initial Good Faith Discussions ” has the meaning set forth in Section 13.15;

 

(40) Interconnection Agreement ” has the meaning given to it in the Power Purchase Agreement;

 

(41) Land Rights Acquisition Agreement ” means a Contract between the Partnership and a third party that sets out the terms on which real property will be assigned, sold, transferred or leased to the Partnership, from such third party;

 

(42) Land Rights Agreement ” means a Contract between the Partnership and a third party that sets out the terms and conditions on which such third party grants tenure Access Rights (as defined in the Power Purchase Agreement) to the Partnership;

 

(43) Limited Partners ” means the limited partners of the Partnership, who, at the date of this Agreement, are Pattern and PSP;

 

(44) Material Supplier Contract ” means (a) the TSA, (b) any Contract for the supply and/or installation of other major components of the Project, and (c) the EPC Contract;

 

(45) MW ” means megawatt;

 

(46) New Related Party Contract ” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.8(1);

 

(47) O&M Contract ” means the management, operation and maintenance services agreement entered into by the Partnership and the O&M Provider, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the operations, management and maintenance of the Project;

 

(48) O&M Provider ” means Pattern Operators Canada ULC or an Affiliate thereof, Pattern or an Affiliate thereof, or a Permitted Transferee of Pattern or an Affiliate thereof, that is engaged by the Partnership pursuant to the O&M Contract to provide operations, management and maintenance services to the Partnership with respect to the Project;

 

(49) Observer ” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.6;

 

(50) Operational Phase ” means the period from the date hereof to the date that the Project ceases operations;

 

(51) Original Per Share Consideration ” means, with respect to each Share, $1.00;

 

(52) PAA ” means the project administration agreement entered into by (i) the Corporation on its own behalf and on behalf of the Partnership as the general partner and (ii) the PAA Provider, pursuant to which the PAA Provider provides Administration Services to the Project, the Partnership and the Corporation;

 

(53) PAA Provider ” means Pattern Operators Canada ULC or an Affiliate thereof that is engaged by the Corporation pursuant to the PAA to provide administration services to the Project, the Partnership, and the Corporation;

 

 

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(54) Partners ” means, collectively, the Limited Partners and the Corporation, and “Partner” means any one of them;

 

(55) Partnership ” means Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership, of which the Corporation is the sole general partner;

 

(56) Partnership Agreement ” means the amended and restated limited partnership agreement dated as of August 10, 2017 governing the business and affairs of the Partnership;

 

(57) Partnership Business ” means the Business, as defined in the Partnership Agreement;

 

(58) Party ” means a party to this Agreement;

 

(59) Pattern ” means the Pattern Shareholder or its Controlled Affiliates to which all but not less than all of the Shares held by Pattern Shareholder are Transferred and, in the case of a Transfer by Pattern Shareholder of less than all of its Shares to its Controlled Affiliate(s), means the Pattern Shareholder and such Controlled Affiliate(s) together;

 

(60) Pattern Control Rights ” has the meaning set out in Section 5.1;

 

(61) PEGI ” means Pattern Energy Group Inc., a Delaware corporation;

 

(62) Permitted Transferee ” of a Shareholder means a Transferee of Shares pursuant to Section 6.3(1)(a) or 6.3(2)(a), as applicable, provided that, with respect to PSP, none of its portfolio companies or other investments shall be deemed a Permitted Transferee;

 

(63) Person ” means any individual, partnership, limited partnership, joint venture, syndicate, sole proprietorship, company or corporation with or without share capital, unincorporated association, limited liability company, trust, trustee, executor, administrator or other legal personal representative, Governmental Agency or entity however designated or constituted;

 

(64) Power Authority ” means British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, and any successor agency thereto;

 

(65) Power Purchase Agreement ” means the electricity purchase agreement between the Partnership and the Power Authority dated April 22, 2010, as thereafter amended from time to time, in respect of the Project;

 

(66) Project ” means the approximately 180MW wind energy generation facility to be located in the Peace Region of British Columbia;

 

(67) Project Agreements ” means in respect of the Project, Contracts of the types described in Schedule “C”;

 

(68) Project Assets ” means any and all assets directly used in, or connected with, the development, construction, ownership, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of the Project;

 

 

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(69) Project Financing ” means the project financing with recourse limited to the Project Assets (but including a pledge of Shares, Units of the Partnership, assignments of certain of the Project Agreements, or any other arrangements as are customarily required by project finance lenders under a project financing of renewable energy projects) obtained by the Partnership from a lender or syndicate of lenders for purposes of financing the construction of the Project on June 29, 2015, and any refinancing thereof or financing supplemental thereto;

 

(70) Project Operating Budget ” means the budget, including any amendments or agreed deviations thereto, outlining the anticipated costs and expenses, the required capital contributions and the general expected timelines associated with the Operational Phase of the Project, to be prepared and approved by the Board in accordance herewith;

 

(71) PSP ” means the PSP Shareholder or its Controlled Affiliates to which all but not less than all of the Shares held by PSP Shareholder are Transferred and, in the case of a Transfer by PSP Shareholder of less than all of its Shares to its Controlled Affiliate(s), means the PSP Shareholder and such Controlled Affiliate(s) together;

 

(72) PSP Veto Rights ” has the meaning set out in Section 5.1;

 

(73) Qualified Transferee ” means a party that has either (A)(x) a rating not less than “BBB-” from S&P or “Baa3” from Moody’s or (y) is Controlled by an Affiliate meeting the criteria specified in (x), or (B) together with its Affiliate(s) on consolidated basis, a tangible net worth of at least US$500,000,000, or, in the case of an investment fund, pension plan or other similar entity, aggregate assets under management of at least US$500,000,000;

 

(74) Quarterly Financial Statements ” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.3(4);

 

(75) Related Party ” means, with respect to any Person, any Affiliate of such Person and any director, officer, employee and agent of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates;

 

(76) Related Party Contract ” means any contract between the Corporation or the Partnership or any Subsidiaries (on the one hand) and a Shareholder or a Related Party of a Shareholder (on the other hand) and includes the PAA and the O&M Contract;

 

(77) Representatives ” means, with respect to any Entity, such Entity’s officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, advisors, attorneys, lenders, shareholders and other equity investors;

 

(78) Share Interests ” means the respective ownership percentages of the Corporation held by the Shareholders, determined for a Shareholder as the percentage reflected by a fraction (x) the numerator of which is the number of Shares owned by such Shareholder and (y) the denominator of which is the total number of issued and outstanding Shares;

 

(79) Shareholders ” means, at any time, all Persons owning any Shares at that time, and “Shareholder” means any one of such Persons;

 

 

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(80) Shares ” means the Common Shares and any shares or securities into which Common Shares may be converted or changed or which result from a consolidation, subdivision, reclassification or redesignation of Common Shares, any shares or securities of the Corporation which are received as a stock dividend or distribution, any Common Shares received on the exercise of any option, warrant or other similar right and any shares or securities which may be received by the Parties as a result of an amalgamation, merger, arrangement or other reorganization of or including the Corporation;

 

(81) SSA ” means the sponsor services agreement between PEGI and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board dated June 16, 2017;

 

(82) Subsidiary ” of any Person means an Entity Controlled by such Person, and “ Subsidiaries ” means more than one of the foregoing, as applicable;

 

(83) Third Party ” means, with respect to Pattern or PSP, any Person who deals at arm’s length with Pattern or PSP, as the case may be;

 

(84) Transfer ” means to sell, assign, dispose of, exchange, pledge, grant an Encumbrance over, hypothecate or otherwise transfer Shares or any participation or interest therein, whether directly or indirectly (including pursuant to a derivative transaction), or agree or commit to do any of the foregoing and, except as provided in Section 6.10, a Transfer of the units or other equity interest in a Shareholder or in any Person that directly or indirectly holds units or other equity interest in such Shareholder (other than an Upstream Pledge or Upstream Realization, or as permitted pursuant to Section 6.10(2); and “to Transfer”, “Transferred”, “Transferor” and “Transferee” and similar expressions have corresponding meanings;

 

(85) TSA ” means the turbine supply agreement entered into by the Partnership and General Electric Canada, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the Project;

 

(86) Turbine Service Agreement ” means the full service agreement entered into by the Partnership with General Electric Canada, dated June 29, 2015, in connection with the Project;

 

(87) Unit Interest ” has the meaning set forth in the Partnership Agreement;

 

(88) "Units ” means units of limited partnership interest in the capital of the Partnership;

 

(89) Upstream Pledge ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.8; and

 

(90) Upstream Realization ” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.8.

 

(91) “Schedules

 

The following Schedules are attached to and form part of this Agreement:

 

Schedule Title
   
“A” Shareholdings

 

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“B” Matters Requiring Shareholder Approval
   
“C” Project Agreements
   
1.2 Headings

 

The division of this Agreement into sections and the insertion of headings are for convenience of reference only and will not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.

 

1.3 Number and Gender

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa, and words importing gender include all genders.

 

1.4 Business Days

 

If this Agreement requires any payment to be made or other action to be taken on a day that is not a Business Day, then the payment or action will be made or taken on the next Business Day.

 

1.5 Currency and Payment Obligations

 

Except as this Agreement otherwise expressly provides, all dollar amounts in this Agreement are stated in Canadian dollars and any payment this Agreement contemplates will be made by cash, wire transfer, certified cheque or any other method that provides immediately available funds.

 

1.6 Calculation of Interest

 

In calculating interest payable under this Agreement for any period of time, the first day of such period will be included and the last day of such period will be excluded.

 

1.7 Accounting Principles

 

All accounting terms not specifically defined in this Agreement will be construed in accordance with GAAP. Where the character or amount of any asset or liability or item of revenue or expense is required to be determined, or any consolidation or other accounting computation is required to be made for the purpose of this Agreement or any certificate or other document made or delivered pursuant hereto, such determination or computation will, to the extent applicable and except as otherwise specified in this Agreement or as otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties, be made in accordance with GAAP applicable as at the date on which such determination or computation is made or required to be made, applied on a consistent basis.

 

 

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1.8 Statute and Agreement References

 

Unless otherwise expressly stated, any reference in this Agreement to any statute or any section of a statute will be deemed to be a reference to such statute or section as amended, restated, replaced or re-enacted from time to time and any reference in this Agreement to any agreement will be deemed to be a reference to such agreement, as amended, supplemented or replaced from time to time.

 

1.9 Section and Schedule References

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, references in this Agreement to Articles, Sections, Subsections or Schedules are to articles, sections, subsections or schedules, as the case may be, of this Agreement.

 

1.10 Subsidiaries

 

Any Subsidiaries of the Corporation or the Partnership will be governed and operated in the same manner as the Corporation and the Partnership are governed and operated hereunder, and this Agreement will be interpreted and applied to give effect to the foregoing.

 

Article 2
CORPORATE AFFAIRS

 

2.1 Business and Affairs of the Corporation

 

The Shareholders will cause such meetings to be held, votes to be cast, resolutions to be passed, by-laws to be made and confirmed, documents to be executed and all other things and acts to be done to ensure that, at all times, that the provisions set forth in this Agreement are complied with, and the Corporation and the Partnership comply with their respective obligations under the Partnership Agreement. The Corporation shall not take any action that it is permitted to take pursuant to the Partnership Agreement, on its own behalf or on behalf of the Partnership, except in compliance with this Agreement. The Corporation shall not hold an interest in any Person other than the Partnership and wholly-owned Subsidiaries of the Corporation.

 

2.2 Directors

 

(1) There will initially be three (3) Directors. During such period as Pattern holds any Shares, Pattern will have the right to nominate three (3) of the Directors, subject to Article 5.

 

(2) Each nominee for the position of Director will be an individual who is not disqualified under the BCCA from acting as a Director. If a Director ceases to be a Director for any reason (a “ retiring director ”), the Shareholders will fill the vacancy thereby created by appointing as soon as reasonably possible that individual who is nominated by the Shareholder who nominated the retiring director. In the event of the proposed removal of any Director, each Shareholder agrees to vote for such removal if, and against such removal unless, it has been proposed or approved by the Shareholder who nominated such Director.

 

 

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2.3 Officers

 

The Board will appoint the officers of the Corporation from time to time. The Board will set forth the signing authority of each officer appointed by the Board from time to time.

 

2.4 Chairman

 

The Board will appoint (from time to time) one of its members as the chairman of the Board, however, such appointee will not have a second casting vote in case of an equality of votes.

 

2.5 Meetings of Board

 

(1) Frequency and Location . Regular meetings of the Board will be held at least annually, or more frequently as approved by the Board. If any Director wishes to have any additional meetings of the Board it may require such meetings to be held by giving notice of the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.5(2) and the meeting will be held in accordance with such notice unless otherwise approved by the Board. Meetings of the Board will be held in Toronto or, if the Board so determines otherwise, at any other place within or outside Canada. Directors may participate in meetings of the Board by means of telephone or other communication facilities which permit all individuals participating in the meeting to communicate adequately with each other, and Directors participating in such a meeting by such means are deemed for all purposes of this Agreement to be present at the meeting, even if none of the Directors is present at the designated location for such meeting. Matters to be determined by the Board will be addressed and voted on by the Directors in a timely manner and without undue delay.

 

(2) Notice . For the regular annual meetings of the Directors, notice of the time and place of each such meeting (including an agenda and relevant background materials) will be given by the Chairman in the manner provided herein to each Director not less than ten Business Days before the time when the meeting is to be held. Notice of the time and place of any meeting that is not a regular annual meeting (including an agenda and relevant background materials) will be given by the Director requiring such meeting to all other Directors not less than ten (10) Business Days before the time when the meeting is to be held, except in the case of an Emergency Situation when such notice will be given in the manner provided herein to each other Director not less than five (5) Business Days before such time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no notice of a meeting will be necessary if all Directors present at such meeting waive advance notice of the meeting or otherwise signify their consent in writing to the holding thereof, either before, during or after the holding thereof. Notices to each Director may be given to him or her at the address of the Shareholder who appointed such Director.

 

(3) Quorum . A Quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board will consist of a majority of the Directors (in person or by telephone or other facilities which permit all individuals participating in the meeting to hear each other). If a quorum is not present for a meeting of the Board within 30 minutes after the time fixed for holding the meeting, the meeting, if convened pursuant to a written request of Shareholders, will be cancelled, but otherwise will be adjourned to such date not less than five or more than twenty-one (21) days after the original date for the meeting as is determined by the Board

 

 

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at a time and location determined by the Board. The Directors present at any such previously adjourned meeting shall constitute a quorum.

 

(4) Minutes . The Chairman will cause minutes of all meetings of the Board to be taken and a copy of the minutes of each meeting will be provided to each Director within twenty-one (21) days after each meeting. The Chairman will also cause a copy of every resolution to be provided to each Shareholder within twenty-one (21) days after it is adopted. For greater certainty, the failure of the Chairman to fulfill his or her obligations hereunder will not invalidate or otherwise affect the efficacy of any meeting, business conducted at any meeting or the resolutions passed at such meeting.

 

2.6 Observers; Attendance of Others

 

Each Shareholder will be entitled to appoint one or more observers (each, an “ Observer ”) to the Board each of whom will be entitled to receive, concurrently with the Directors, the materials referred to in Section 2.5(2) and to attend all meetings of the Board as an observer. Observers will not be entitled to vote or consent in respect of any matter put before the Board. In addition to any Directors and Observers, any representative of counsel to the Corporation, any Shareholder and any representative of the Auditors may attend and speak at any meeting of the Board with the prior consent of the Directors.

 

2.7 Obligations of Directors

 

The Directors will not be required to devote their full time to the Board or the Business, but only such time as will be reasonably necessary to perform their duties pursuant to this Agreement. Directors will not be entitled to any fees, salaries, commissions or other compensation from the Corporation in respect of their work on the Board and each Shareholder will be responsible for all expenses incurred by its nominees in carrying out their duties on the Board.

 

2.8 Related Party Contracts

 

(1) The Corporation, on behalf of itself or on behalf of the Partnership, or Subsidiaries of the Corporation or the Partnership, shall not enter into any Related Party Contracts after the date of this Agreement (each, a “ New Related Party Contract ”) without first complying with the following, subject to Section 2.8(2) below:

 

(a) the Corporation shall provide written notice to PSP setting out details of the scope of services to be provided by Corporation, on behalf of itself or on behalf of the Partnership, or Subsidiaries of the Corporation or the Partnership or such other related party under such New Related Party Contract and the corresponding fees payable to Corporation, on behalf of itself or on behalf of the Partnership, or Subsidiaries of the Corporation or the Partnership or such other related party thereunder.

 

(b) Within thirty (30) days of such a notice, PSP may object to such New Related Party Contract on the ground that either the scope of services to be provided is not reasonable or that the proposed fees payable in respect of such New Related Party

 

 

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Contract are not within the range of “market fees” (factoring in the proposed scope).

 

(c) If PSP objects to the New Related Party Contract prior to the expiration of the thirty (30) day notice period provided for in clause (b), above, then the matter shall be referred to a dispute resolution process (such process to include mediation through progressively senior levels of each of PSP and the Corporation , following which the matter shall be referred to an independent third party expert reasonably selected by PSP, who shall determine if the scope of services to be provided is not reasonable or that the proposed fees payable in respect of such New Related Party Contract are not within the range of “market fees” (factoring in the proposed scope).

 

(d) If PSP does not object to the New Related Party Contract prior to the expiration of the thirty (30) day notice period provided for in clause (b), above, or if the independent third party expert, referred to in clause (c), above, so determines that the proposed scope of services is reasonable and that the proposed fees payable in respect of such New Related Party Contract are within the range of “market fees”, then the Corporation shall be permitted to enter into or cause the Partnership or applicable Subsidiary to enter into the applicable New Related Party Contract.

 

(2) The process set forth in Section 2.8(1), including the rights of PSP thereunder, shall apply only for so long as PSP holds a Unit Interest of at least 25% (or a permitted transferee of such rights from PSP in compliance with Section 3.3 holds a Unit Interest of at least 25%). For certainty, if the process set forth in Section 2.8(1) ceases to apply, the Corporation may on behalf of itself or on behalf of the Partnership, or Subsidiaries of the Corporation or the Partnership, enter into any New Related Party Contracts without complying with Section 2.8(1).

 

(3) This Section 2.8 is subject to Article 5.

 

2.9 Indemnification and Insurance

 

(1) To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Corporation shall, in respect of an individual who: (i) is or was a Director or officer of the Corporation; (ii) is or was a Director or officer of another company at the time when such company was an affiliate of the Corporation, or at the request of the Corporation; or (iii) at the request of the Corporation, is or was, or holds or held a position equivalent to that of a Director or officer of a partnership, trust, joint venture or other unincorporated entity (and in each case, includes their respective heirs and personal or other legal representatives), (y) indemnify such individual against all judgments, penalties or fines awarded or imposed in, or an amount paid in settlement of, an Eligible Proceeding to which such individual is or may be liable; and (z) after the final disposition of an Eligible Proceeding, pay the costs, charges and expenses, including legal and other fees, actually and reasonably incurred by such individual, in respect of such proceeding; provided that,

 

(a) such individual acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation; and

 

 

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(b) in the case of an Eligible Proceeding, other than a civil proceeding, he or she had reasonable grounds for believing that his or her conduct was lawful.

 

The intention of this Section 2.9 is that all individuals referred to in this Section shall have all benefits provided under the indemnification provisions of the BCCA to the fullest extent permitted by law, and the Corporation shall forthwith pass all resolutions and take such other steps as may be required to give full effect to this Section.

 

(2) The Corporation has no obligation to purchase and maintain insurance for the benefit of the Directors and officers of the Corporation against such liabilities. Each Shareholder shall be responsible for maintaining such insurance as may be desired for their appointees to the Board.

 

2.10 Meetings of Shareholders

 

(1) Location . Meetings of Shareholders will be held in the City of Toronto or such other place as may be consented to by each of the Shareholders and may be called by any one Director or any Shareholder that holds not less than a 30% Share Interest upon not less than fifteen (15) days’ notice. If the Shareholders consent, a meeting of Shareholders may be held by means of a telephonic, electronic or other communication facility that permits all participants to communicate adequately with each other during the meeting, and a Shareholder participating in a meeting by such means is deemed to be present.

 

(2) Quorum . A quorum for a meeting of Shareholders will be at least two individuals with at least one representative from Pattern and at least one representative from PSP present in person and holding or representing by valid proxy not less than an aggregate of a 50.1% Share Interest. If at any meeting of Shareholders a quorum will not be present, the Board may call a supplementary meeting of the Shareholders on not less than five (5) Business Days’ notice to each Shareholder, which notice will describe with reasonable particularity the business proposed to be transacted at such meeting. The Shareholders attending the supplementary Shareholders’ meeting in person or represented by proxy at such meeting will constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business referred to in the notice of meeting and any business related thereto which may come before the meeting. For avoidance of doubt, matters requiring Shareholder Approval shall require the approvals specified in Section 3.3 regardless of the actual number of Shareholders present at a meeting.

 

(3) Minutes . The Chairman will cause minutes of all meetings of the Shareholders to be taken and a copy of the minutes of each meeting will be provided to each Shareholder within 21 days after each meeting. For greater certainty, the failure of the Chairman to fulfill his or her obligations hereunder will not invalidate or otherwise affect the efficacy of any meeting, business conducted at any meeting or the resolutions passed at such meeting.

 

2.11 Freedom in Decision Making

 

Subject to this Agreement and Applicable Laws, no Shareholder shall be accountable or liable to the other Shareholder or the Corporation as a result of acting in its own best interest, except in the case of any decision or action which is illegal or in breach of this Agreement and

 

 

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except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement. Without limitation to the foregoing, no appointee of a Shareholder to the Board shall be accountable or liable to the other Shareholder, the Corporation or the other members of the Board as a result of his or her membership on the Board. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each Shareholder shall in good faith consider any objections or reservations expressed by the other Shareholder concerning the performance of an appointee of such Shareholder.

 

2.12 Fiscal Year

 

The fiscal year of the Corporation (the “ Fiscal Year ”) will end on December 31 in each year.

 

2.13 Business of the Corporation

 

The Corporation’s sole business will be to act as the sole general partner of the Partnership and any business which is incidental and ancillary to such business (the “ Business ”).

 

Article 3
MANAGEMENT OF THE CORPORATION AND APPROVALS

 

3.1 Management of the Corporation

 

The Directors will manage, or supervise the management of, the business and affairs of the Corporation in accordance with this Agreement, the BCCA and the Articles.

 

3.2 Exercise of Authority

 

Except as otherwise expressly required in this Agreement, all decisions, approvals, determinations and consents of the Directors required by this Agreement or the BCCA may be decided, approved, determined or consented to by a majority of the Directors present at a duly constituted meeting of the Board or by a written resolution signed by all of the Directors. The Directors may delegate, as applicable, certain rights and responsibilities to other Board committees or other Persons at any time and from time to time. Such delegated rights and responsibilities remain under the management and supervision of the Directors.

 

3.3 Shareholder Approvals

 

In addition to any other approval required elsewhere in this Agreement or by any Applicable Law, including the BCCA, the Corporation may not make a decision about, take action on or implement any matter referred to in Schedule “B” without the written consent of (a) for so long as PSP holds a Unit Interest of at least 25%, PSP, and (b) Pattern (each, a “ Shareholder Approval ”). Pattern may transfer its consent rights under this Section 3.3 to a Permitted Transferee or an acquiror of all or any part of its Shares and Units, in compliance with the Partnership Agreement. PSP may transfer its consent rights under this Section 3.3 and the rights of PSP under Section 2.8) to a Permitted Transferee or an acquiror of 100% of PSP’s Shares and Units held on the date hereof, in compliance with the Partnership Agreement (provided that such transferee’s consent rights will terminate when such transferee owns a Unit Interest of 25% or less), but such consent rights are not otherwise transferable. If PSP transfers less than all of its Shares and Units to a Person other than a Permitted Transferee, PSP shall

 

 

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retain full authority to exercise its surviving consent rights (for certainty provided that PSP or its Affiliate retains a Unit Interest of at least 25%), but appropriate provisions may be included in the applicable transfer agreement as to PSP consulting with the transferee prior to the exercise of such consent rights. This Section 3.3 is subject in its entirety to the provisions of Article 5.

 

Article 4
PROJECT OPERATING BUDGET , CAPITAL CALLS AND DISTRIBUTIONS

 

4.1 Project Operating Budget

 

The Project Operating Budget shall be prepared by the Board and delivered to each Shareholder, annually not less than sixty (60) days (or such earlier period as may be required by the lenders under the Project Financing) prior to each Fiscal Year end. The Project Operating Budget shall include all anticipated costs and expenses of operations including financing costs and principal and interest payments on Project loans, and shall specify sources and uses of funds including any equity capital contributions for anticipated operations deficits.

 

4.2 Funding Obligations with respect to the Corporation

 

(1) The Board shall determine from time to time the capital and operating requirements of the Corporation and, unless otherwise unanimously agreed by the Shareholders, shall make Capital Calls to fund such capital and operating requirements to the extent required in order to ensure that the Corporation is able to pay its liabilities as they become due.

 

(2) The Shareholders shall be required to advance funds to the Corporation in such amounts and on the terms and conditions included in a Capital Call properly issued from time to time in writing (a “ Funding Notice ”) by the Board to each Shareholder, in accordance with the Project Operating Budget that has been approved by the Board, with a schedule setting out the aggregate amount of the Capital Call and the portion of such Capital Call required to be contributed by each Shareholder, calculated by multiplying such aggregate Capital Call by such Shareholder’s Share Interest. Unless unanimously agreed by the Shareholders, all Capital Calls shall be satisfied in cash and not in other property.

 

(3) Funding Notices issued by the Board will include the bank account information to which payment is to be made and the due date on which the payment is required from each Shareholder, which date shall be at least five (5) Business Days following the date that the Funding Notice is delivered or given.

 

(4) Following the issuance of a Capital Call by the Board, each Shareholder will make a capital contribution to the Corporation in the amount specified as such Shareholders’ portion of the Capital Call in the Funding Notice.

 

(5) Each Shareholder shall be required to contribute its respective share of a Capital Call as set forth in the applicable Funding Notice.

 

(6) Except as set forth above, no Shareholder will be required or permitted to make a capital contribution.

 

 

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(7) Upon a Shareholder funding any amount pursuant to a Capital Call, the Corporation’s records will be amended to reflect the amount funded and the manner in which such amounts were funded (whether by way of a subscription for additional Shares or otherwise).

 

4.3 Funding Obligations with respect to the Partnership

 

(1) The Corporation, in its capacity as general partner of the Partnership, shall issue Capital Calls when necessary or required for any expenditure in accordance with an approved Project Operating Budget or that has otherwise been approved by the Board, and each Shareholder shall cause its members of the Board to take such actions as are necessary to issue such Capital Calls.

 

4.4 Distributions

 

(1) To the extent permitted by Applicable Law, the distribution policy of the Corporation will be to declare and pay from time to time during the Operational Phase, at least once per quarter but not more frequently than one time per month, as a dividend or distribution, as the case may be, all available cash. For purposes of this Section 4.4(1), “ available cash ” will means all surplus cash amounts, earnings or available capital of the Corporation after the payment of all expenses and after deducting reasonable reserves for existing or reasonably foreseeable obligations, including reserves contained in the then applicable Project Operating Budget for operations or future capital expenses, all as may be determined by the Board from time to time, acting reasonably. The Board may, in its discretion, determine the form of such dividend or distribution and, for greater certainty, whether any such distribution should be a return of capital or otherwise. No dividends or distributions shall be declared by the Corporation at any time prior to the Operational Phase.

 

(2) The Corporation, as general partner of the Partnership, will comply with the Partnership’s distribution policy, as set forth in Section 8.1 of the Partnership Agreement, at all times. Commencing after financial close for the Project, unless prohibited by Applicable Law, and subject to requirements set forth by the Project lenders as provided in Section 4.4(3) below, the Corporation, as general partner of the Partnership, will at least once each calendar quarter cause the Partnership to distribute all available cash (as such term is defined in Section 8.1(1) of the Partnership Agreement) to the Partners as otherwise provided in the Partnership Agreement.

 

(3) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Parties agree to revise the distribution policies of the Corporation and the Partnership set forth in this Agreement and the Partnership Agreement to the extent required by any lender in any loan or Project Financing document in respect of the Project that is approved in accordance with this Agreement.

 

4.5 Distribution of Proceeds from Sale of the Corporation’s Assets

 

In the event of the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation, it is the intention of the Parties that the net proceeds of such sale would be distributed to the Shareholders in a tax-efficient manner and in accordance with this Agreement and the Articles.

 

 

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Article 5
LOSS OF RIGHTS

 

5.1 Bankruptcy

 

(1) If the Pattern Shareholder or an Affiliate of Pattern that holds Units initiates voluntary bankruptcy proceedings, or fails to dismiss involuntary bankruptcy proceedings filed against it (including any such proceedings arising through consolidation with any bankruptcy proceedings relating to PEGI) within 180 days of filing, then Pattern will automatically and without the need for any further act or formality assign and transfer all of its Shares to PSP for a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration and concurrently with such sale and transfer, Pattern will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that it will no longer have (a) the right to appoint Directors under Section 2.2, and (b) the right to consent to matters under Section 3.3 (collectively (a) and (b), the “ Pattern Control Rights ”).

 

(2) If the PSP Shareholder or an Affiliate of PSP that holds Units initiates voluntary bankruptcy proceedings, or fails to dismiss involuntary bankruptcy proceedings filed against it (including any such proceedings arising through consolidation with any bankruptcy proceedings relating to an Affiliate of Public Sector Pension Investment Board) within 180 days of filing, then PSP will automatically and without the need for any further act or formality assign and transfer all of its Shares to Pattern for a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration and concurrently with such sale, PSP will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that it will no longer have (a) the right to consent to matters under Section 3.3, or (b) the rights set out in Section 2.8 (collectively (a) and (b), the “ PSP Veto Rights ”).

 

5.2 Dilution Below 10%

 

(1) If the aggregate Unit Interest of Pattern and the Pattern Affiliate that holds Units is reduced below 10% as a result of a failure by Pattern or such Pattern Affiliate to fund Capital Calls made pursuant to the Partnership Agreement, then Pattern will automatically and without the need for any further act or formality assign and transfer all of its Shares to PSP for a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration and concurrently with such sale and transfer, Pattern will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that Pattern will no longer have the Pattern Control Rights.

 

(2) If the aggregate Unit Interest of PSP and the PSP Affiliate that holds Units is reduced below 10% as a result of a failure by PSP or such PSP Affiliate to fund Capital Calls made pursuant to the Partnership Agreement, then PSP will automatically and without the need for any further act or formality assign and transfer all of its Shares to Pattern for a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration and concurrently with such sale, PSP will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that PSP will no longer have the PSP Veto Rights. Notwithstanding the requirements in Sections

 

 

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2.8 and 3.3 for PSP to have a Unit Interest of at least 25%, PSP will retain the PSP Veto Rights where its (or its Affiliate’s) Unit Interest (a) is at least 10%, and (b) has been reduced below 25% solely as a result of a failure of PSP or its Affiliate to fund Capital Calls made pursuant to the Partnership Agreement (and not as a result of Transfers of Units).

 

5.3 Events of Default

 

(1) If Pattern or the Corporation (while Pattern has the right under Section 2.2 to appoint all the Directors) is determined by a court to have committed actual fraud, wilful misconduct or bad faith in connection with the performance of its duties under this Agreement or if the Corporation (while Pattern has the right under Section 2.2 to appoint all the Directors) is determined by a court to have committed actual fraud, wilful misconduct or bad faith in connection with the performance of its duties under the Partnership Agreement, then Pattern will be required to sell and transfer its Shares and concurrently with such sale, Pattern will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that it will lose its Pattern Control Rights, as applicable, in accordance with Section 5.1(1), mutatis mutandis .

 

(2) If PSP is determined by a court to have committed actual fraud, wilful misconduct or bad faith in connection with the performance of its duties under this Agreement, then it will be required to sell and transfer its Shares and concurrently with such sale, PSP will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that it will lose its PSP Veto Rights in accordance with Section 5.1(2), mutatis mutandis .

 

(3) If (a) a court determines that Pattern has committed a material breach of its obligations under this Agreement in a repetitive manner and notice of such material breaches was given by PSP to Pattern following each such material breach, and (b) such repetitive material breach has a material adverse effect on the value of PSP’s investment in the Partnership, then Pattern will be required to sell and transfer its Shares and concurrently with such sale, Pattern will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that it will lose its Pattern Control Rights in accordance with Section 5.1(1), mutatis mutandis .

 

(4) If a court determines that the Corporation (while Pattern has the right under Section 2.2 to appoint all the Directors), the Pattern Shareholder or any Affiliate of Pattern that is a counterparty to a Related Party Contract (or the equivalent thereof with respect to any renewable energy project that is jointly owned by Pattern and PSP) or the SSA, has committed a felony crime or its equivalent under Applicable Laws involving actual fraud against an equity investor in one or more renewable energy projects controlled by PEGI, then Pattern will be required to sell and transfer its Shares and concurrently with such sale, Pattern will no longer be a Shareholder but will remain a Party hereto and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Shareholder hereunder except that it will lose its Pattern Control Rights in accordance with Section 5.1(1), mutatis mutandis .

 

 

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5.4 Consequences of Loss of Rights

 

(1) Subject to Section 5.4(4) below, upon a loss by Pattern of the Pattern Control Rights under this Article 5, PSP shall have the right to appoint all Directors under Section 2.2 instead of Pattern, and decisions and actions referred to in Schedule B may be approved and undertaken without the consent of Pattern.

 

(2) If the Pattern Control Rights have been transferred in accordance with Section 3.3 to a Permitted Transferee, such Permitted Transferee will lose such Pattern Control Rights in any circumstance where this Article 5 provides that Pattern would lose such Pattern Control Rights.

 

(3) If the PSP Veto Rights have been transferred in accordance with Section 3.3 to a Permitted Transferee, such Permitted Transferee will lose such PSP Veto Rights in any circumstance where this Article 5 provides that PSP would lose such PSP Veto Rights.

 

(4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, including Sections 5.4(1)-(3) or 13.17, if (a) Pattern is required to sell and transfer its Shares and to lose its Pattern Control Rights under the foregoing provisions of this Article 5, and (b) thereafter, Pattern (or the Pattern Affiliate holding Units) Transfers its Units to a Third Party as defined in and in accordance with the Partnership Agreement, then in connection with such Transfer: (x) PSP shall Transfer to such Third Party or its Affiliate a number of Shares (for a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration) such that the Third Party or its Affiliate acquires a Share Interest equal to its (or its Affiliate’s) Unit Interest, as the same may be adjusted pursuant to Section 6.6, and (y) such Third Party or its Affiliate acquiring Shares shall have all Pattern Control Rights and other rights of Pattern hereunder including the right to appoint all Directors under Section 2.2, mutatis mutandis .

 

(5) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, including without limitation Sections 5.4(1)-(3) or 13.17, if (a) PSP is required to sell and transfer its Shares and to lose its PSP Veto Rights under the foregoing provisions of this Article 5, and (b) thereafter, PSP (or the PSP Affiliate holding Units) Transfers its Units to a Third Party as defined in and in accordance with the Partnership Agreement, then in connection with such Transfer: (x) Pattern shall Transfer to such Third Party or its Affiliate a number of Shares (for a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration) such that the Third Party or its Affiliate acquires a Share Interest equal to its (or its Affiliate’s) Unit Interest, and (y) such Third Party or its Affiliate acquiring Shares shall have all PSP Veto Rights and other rights of PSP hereunder, mutatis mutandis .

 

(6) Each of the PSP Shareholder and the Pattern Shareholder hereby irrevocably constitutes and appoints the other as its true and lawful attorney and agent in the name of and on behalf of the PSP Shareholder or the Pattern Shareholder, as the case may be, to execute and deliver in the name of the PSP Shareholder or the Pattern Shareholder, as the case may be, all such assignments, transfers, deeds or instruments as may be necessary to effectively transfer and assign the Shares held by the PSP Shareholder or the Pattern Shareholder, as the case may be, to the other Shareholder or to a Third Party in accordance with Section 5.1 or this Section 5.4. Such appointment and power of attorney, being coupled with an interest, shall not be revoked by the dissolution, winding-up,

 

 

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bankruptcy or insolvency of the PSP Shareholder or the Pattern Shareholder, as the case may be, and each such Shareholder hereby ratifies and confirms and agrees to ratify and confirm all that the other Shareholder may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of the provisions hereof. Each Shareholder hereby irrevocably consents to the transfer of its Shares made pursuant to the provisions of this Article 5.

 

(7) The exercise of any rights or remedies, or loss of rights, pursuant to this Article 5 shall be subject to the terms of any Project Financing. If the consent of any lender or other party is required under any Project Financing as a condition to the exercise of any rights pursuant to this Article 5 or the transfer of any Shares pursuant to this Article 5, each Party shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to obtain such consent or approval promptly following the event giving rise to such rights.

 

Article 6
TRANSFER & DISPOSITION OF SHARES

 

6.1 General Prohibition

 

(a) No Shareholder may Transfer any Shares except as expressly permitted by this Agreement and the Articles.

 

(b) Any purported Transfer of Shares in violation of this Agreement is void to the maximum extent permitted by Applicable Law.

 

(c) The Corporation will not register or permit the registration of any Transfer of any Shares made otherwise than in compliance with the provisions of this Agreement, nor will any voting or other rights attaching to or relating to such Shares be exercisable, nor will any purported exercise of such rights be valid or effective, nor will any dividend or distribution be made on such Shares.

 

6.2 General Restrictions

 

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement to the contrary, no Shareholder may Transfer any Shares if:

 

(a) as a result, the remaining Shareholders, the Corporation or the Partnership would become subject to any materially restrictive or onerous governmental controls or regulations to which they were not subject prior to the proposed Transfer by reason of the nationality or residence of the proposed Transferee;

 

(b) as a result, the remaining Shareholders, the Corporation or the Partnership would become subject to any taxation or additional taxation to which they were not subject prior to the proposed Transfer;

 

(c) the Transfer is not permitted by Applicable Law or any term of any material agreement or instrument affecting the Partnership, including the Power Purchase Agreement and the terms of any Project Financing, unless such Transfer is permitted thereunder if a consent or approval is first obtained and such consent or approval is so obtained;

 

 

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(d) such Transfer is not exempt from any applicable requirement to file a prospectus, registration statement or similar document with applicable securities regulatory authorities to qualify the trade of such Shareholder’s Shares;

 

(e) such Transfer would result in the Partnership no longer being eligible to participate in and receive payments from the Power Authority under the Power Purchase Agreement in respect of the Project, unless such result would not occur if a consent or approval is first obtained and such consent or approval is so obtained;

 

(f) the Transferee (i) appears on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List of the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the United States Department of the Treasury; (ii) is a Person with whom a transaction is prohibited by applicable provisions of Executive Order 13224, the USA Patriot Act , the Trading with the Enemy Act or the foreign asset control regulations of the United States Treasury Department, in each case as amended from time to time; (iii) is Controlled by any Person described in (i) or (ii); or has its principal place of business located in any country with whose citizens the Corporation is prohibited from entering into transactions pursuant to the requirements set forth in (ii);

 

(g) any funds being used to purchase the Shares and satisfy the Transferee’s commitments under this Agreement represent or will represent proceeds of crime for the purpose of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (Canada);

 

(h) the Transferee is a Person identified in the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism, the United Nations Al Qaida and Taliban Regulations, the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on Iran or the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations;

 

(i) the Transferee has not agreed in writing with the other Shareholders to assume and be bound by all the obligations of the Transferor pursuant to this Agreement with respect to the Shares transferred arising from and after the date of such Transfer and to be subject to all the restrictions to which the Transferor is subject under the terms of this Agreement; or

 

(j) any consents to such Transfer required pursuant to any Project Agreements or Governmental Agencies will not have been obtained in writing and delivered to the other Shareholders.

 

6.3 Permitted Transfer

 

(1) Permitted by PSP . Notwithstanding Section 6.1 but subject to Section 6.2, Section 6.5, Section 6.7 and Section 6.9, PSP may, at any time and from time to time, Transfer all but not less than all Shares held by it upon prior notice to the Corporation and the other Shareholders but without first obtaining a Shareholder Approval:

 

 

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(a) to a Controlled Affiliate of PSP provided that such Transfer complies with Section 6.4; and

 

(b) to any other Person pursuant to, and in compliance with, Section 6.6.

 

(2) Permitted by Pattern . Notwithstanding Section 6.1 but subject to Section 6.2, Section 6.5, Section 6.7 and Section 6.9, Pattern may, at any time and from time to time, Transfer all but not less than all Shares held by it upon prior notice to the Corporation and the other Shareholders but without first obtaining a Shareholder Approval:

 

(a) to a Controlled Affiliate of Pattern provided that such Transfer complies with Section 6.4; and

 

(b) to any other Person pursuant to, and in compliance with, Section 6.6.

 

6.4 Permitted Transfers to Controlled Affiliates

 

(1) Notwithstanding Section 6.1 but subject to Section 6.2 and Section 6.9, a Shareholder who is not then in default of its obligations under this Agreement will be entitled to Transfer to a Controlled Affiliate, without complying with Section 6.6, title to all or part of its Shares to one of its Controlled Affiliates, provided that:

 

(a) the Transferor first establishes to the satisfaction of the other Shareholders, acting reasonably, (and if the other Shareholder does not agree that the Transferee is a Permitted Transferee then the matter shall be subject to the dispute resolution procedures outlined in Section 13.15) that the Person to which it is transferring its Shares is a Controlled Affiliate;

 

(b) a copy of the document or instrument effecting the Transfer is delivered to the Corporation;

 

(c) the Corporation and the other Shareholders receive prior written notice of such Transfer;

 

(d) all of the requirements for a Transfer set forth under Article 10 are satisfied; and

 

(e) where the Transferor transfers less than all of its Shares to a Controlled Affiliate, all Shares held or acquired by such Transferor and its Controlled Affiliate(s) shall be aggregated together for the purpose of determining the availability of any rights under this Agreement, and (i) such Transferor and its Controlled Affiliate(s) may apportion such rights as among themselves in any manner they deem appropriate and (ii) shall be jointly and severally liable for their respective obligations under this Agreement.

 

6.5 Restrictions on Transfer

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Article 6 and any requirement or prohibition of any lender under the Project Financing, no Shareholder shall be entitled to Transfer any Shares pursuant to this Article 6 or if such Transfer would breach any term of or cause a default under the Power Purchase Agreement, unless such Transfer is permitted

 

 

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thereunder if a consent or approval is first obtained and such consent or approval is so obtained. In addition, PSP may not Transfer any Shares, at any time, to a Competitor.

 

6.6 Transfer of Units by PSP or Pattern

 

(1) Reference is made to Section 8.5 of the Partnership Agreement (the “ ROFO Provision ”), Section 8.6 of the Partnership Agreement (the “ Tag Provision ”) and Section 8.7 of the Partnership Agreement (the “ Drag Provision ”). Subject to the following sentences of this Section 6.6, if a Shareholder or its Affiliate holding Units is transferring Units pursuant to the ROFO Provision, Tag Provision or Drag Provision, as applicable, or any other transfer other than to a Controlled Affiliate, the Shareholder must also transfer a number of Shares held by such Shareholder to the applicable Transferee such that the Share Interest held by the Transferee equals the Unit Interest held by the Transferee or its Affiliate. The Transfer or issuance of any Shares hereunder will be made at a purchase price per Share equal to the Original Per Share Consideration (subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of any share split, combination or other similar recapitalization with respect to the shares in the capital of the Corporation). The parties acknowledge that for regulatory reasons, PSP has determined to hold a maximum Share Interest equal to 30% unless and until it holds 100% of the Shares, resulting in its Share Interest being lower than the Unit Interest held by PSP or its Affiliate until such time, and resulting in the Share Interest held by Pattern being higher than the Unit Interest held by Pattern or its Affiliate until such time. At any time where the Share Interest of PSP is lower than the Unit Interest of PSP or its Affiliate, “ Excess Shares ” means the number of Shares held by Pattern which if transferred by Pattern to PSP would equalize the Share Interest and Unit Interest of PSP and its Affiliate holding Units. With respect to Transfers or issuances of Shares in accordance with this Agreement, the following shall apply:

 

(a) in connection with transfers of Units by PSP or its Affiliate, PSP may require that Pattern transfer any or all of the Excess Shares held by Pattern to the transferee of such Units;

 

(b) where PSP would at any time be issued or transferred Shares resulting in a Share Interest greater than 30% but lower than 100%, PSP may elect to have Pattern hold all Excess Shares; and

 

(c) where any Units are issued that would alter the relative Unit Interests as between the Pattern or its Affiliate (on the one hand) and PSP or its Affiliate (on the other hand), the Corporation shall issue a number of Shares to Pattern or PSP as applicable to ensure (subject to (b) above) that the Share Interest held by such Party is equal to the Unit Interest held by such Party or its Affiliate.

 

6.7 Release of Transferring Shareholder

 

Subject (for certainty) to Section 6.4(1)(e), if a Shareholder Transfers, in accordance with this Agreement, all of its Shares, the transferring Shareholder will thereupon have no further funding obligations under this Agreement, provided that such transferring Shareholder will remain responsible for any and all of its debts and liabilities, and other obligations under this Agreement arising prior to the time of such Transfer. For avoidance of doubt, the confidentiality obligations of Article 9 shall survive the Transfer by a Shareholder of any or all of its Shares.

 

 

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6.8 Pledge of Shares

 

Except as required pursuant to the terms of any Project Financing that is approved by the Board, no Shareholder will be permitted to Transfer any of its Shares by way of an Encumbrance to any other Person or otherwise grant a lien on any of its Shares without the prior written consent of all other Shareholders, which consent may be unreasonably or arbitrarily withheld; provided, however, that any collateral assignment to any lender(s) or agent on behalf of such lender(s) of any direct or indirect interest in a Shareholder (an “ Upstream Pledge ”), or any foreclosure of such collateral assignment by such lender(s) or such agent (an “ Upstream Realization ”) and subsequent disposition of such direct or indirect interest in a Shareholder shall be permitted so long as (a) such lender is financial institution with experience in the renewables sector, (b) any subsequent disposition, sale, assignment, transfer, conveyance, gift, exchange or other disposition by such lender or agent of its direct or indirect interest in a Shareholder is to a Qualified Transferee and (c) such subsequent disposition, sale, assignment, transfer, conveyance, gift, exchange or other disposition by such lender or agent of such indirect interest in a general partner or direct or indirect interest in a Shareholder complies with the transfer restrictions hereunder including Article 6.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, any Shareholder may pledge or otherwise grant a security interest in any of its Shares in connection with any Project Financing being provided to the Partnership. Transfers of such Shares to a secured party or any subsequent transferee in connection with any such financing are permitted.

 

6.9 Conditions to Admission

 

As conditions to the admission of a Transferee of a Shareholder as a substituted shareholder, any such Person will:

 

(a) execute and acknowledge such instruments, in form and substance satisfactory to the other Shareholder, as the other Shareholder will deem necessary or desirable to effectuate such admission and to confirm the agreement of the Person being admitted as a substitute shareholder to be bound by all of the terms and provisions of this Agreement and to continue the Corporation without its dissolution or termination under the laws of the Province of British Columbia, or for any other reason; and

 

(b) pay all reasonable expenses in connection with such admission, including the cost of preparing and filing of all necessary notices or amending declarations in any jurisdiction.

 

6.10 Indirect Transfers

 

(1) A Transfer of the units or other equity interest in a Shareholder or in any Person that directly or indirectly holds units or other equity interests in such Shareholder (other than an Upstream Pledge or Upstream Realization or as permitted pursuant to Section 6.10(2)) shall not constitute a Transfer by the Shareholder of its Shares provided that (a) where the Shareholder is Pattern, that after such Transfer, PEGI continues to ultimately Control Pattern (or its Permitted Transferee), and (b) where the Shareholder is PSP, that after

 

 

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such Transfer, Public Sector Pension Investment Board continues to ultimately Control PSP (or its Permitted Transferee).

 

(2) For certainty, a Transfer of the units or other equity interests in PEGI or Public Sector Pension Investment Board or their respective direct and indirect owners shall not constitute a Transfer for purposes of this Agreement.

 

Article 7
BOOKS, RECORDS, AUDITORS AND TAX RETURNS

 

7.1 Books and Records

 

(1) The Corporation shall use its best efforts to procure that the PAA Provider will maintain the minute book of the Corporation in Canada, provided that the PAA Provider will make available such books and records in a form that will enable the Shareholders to access such ledgers and other books and records in Toronto, Ontario, during normal business hours and through remote electronic access.

 

(2) The Corporation shall use its best efforts to procure that the PAA Provider will cause to be kept appropriate books and records (financial or otherwise) with respect to the business of the Corporation. Any books and records kept by or on behalf of the Corporation in the normal course of business, including books of account and records of the proceedings of the Corporation, may be kept on, or be in the form of, computer disk, hard disk, magnetic tape, or any other information storage device, provided that the books and records so maintained are convertible into clearly legible written form within a reasonable period of time. The books of the Corporation will be maintained, for financial reporting purposes, on an accrual basis in accordance with GAAP. The foregoing books and records will be maintained after the dissolution of the Corporation for the time periods required by the laws of Canada at the principal office of the PAA Provider in Canada. Such books and records will be made available to the Shareholders in a form that will enable such Persons to access them in Toronto, Ontario, during normal business hours and through remote electronic access.

 

7.2 Access to Information

 

(1) Each Shareholder, and its respective Representatives and auditors, will be allowed to have access, during normal business hours, to all books and records and information concerning the Corporation.

 

(2) Each Shareholder will be permitted to cause auditors engaged by it to review, subject to such auditors agreeing to comply with reasonable confidentiality restrictions, any Financial Statements prepared in respect of the Corporation and all books and records and working papers related thereto.

 

(3) Upon request of a Shareholder made to the Corporation, Representatives and auditors of such Shareholder will, subject to such Representatives or auditors agreeing to comply with reasonable confidentiality restrictions, be provided with an opportunity to meet during normal business hours, with the Auditors and other Persons who are familiar with the affairs of the Corporation.

 

 

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(4) Each Shareholder will bear its own costs for the access, and any audit or review by its Representatives or auditors referred to in this Section 7.2, including any costs associated with making photocopies of documents.

 

7.3 Selection of Auditors and Reporting

 

(1) The Corporation will retain internationally recognized accountants as may be approved by the Shareholders as the Auditors, to conduct an audit of the books and records of the Corporation, as may be required pursuant to this Agreement, in accordance with GAAP and the terms of this Agreement.

 

(2) The Corporation will prepare the Financial Statements and will retain the Auditors to audit such Financial Statements (to the extent required hereby) in accordance with GAAP and the terms of this Agreement.

 

(3) The Corporation will prepare and deliver to each of the Shareholders within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the end of each Fiscal Year, annual financial statements (which do not include footnotes) in respect of the Corporation (the “ Annual Financial Statements ”), which shall be audited and prepared in accordance with GAAP, to the extent required by the Project Financing. If the Annual Financial Statements are not required to be audited, then PSP shall have the right to request an audit of the Corporation, in which case the Corporation shall use commercially reasonable efforts to produce audited Annual Financial Statements, to be prepared (at PSP’s sole cost and expense) in an expeditious manner.

 

(4) The Corporation will prepare and deliver to each of the Shareholders within sixty (60) days after the end of each quarter of each Fiscal Year (including the final quarter of each Fiscal Year), a reasonably detailed report summarizing the status of the activities of the Corporation as at the end of the applicable quarter, financial and operational results data and reforecasting (if applicable) and a distribution forecast (including calculations of debt services coverage ratio and forecasted distributions to partners, which will include the unaudited unconsolidated quarterly financial statements of the Corporation for the quarter then ended (which do not include footnotes), including a balance sheet, a statement of income (profit and loss) and a statement of Shareholders’ equity and a related statement of changes in cash flow for such quarter (all of which will contain comparisons to the prior year) and will contain notes explaining material balances set out in the balance sheet and income statements and which specify the accounting standard used (the “ Quarterly Financial Statements ”).

 

(5) The Corporation will deliver to each Shareholder, on a quarterly basis together with the Quarterly Financial Statements, a reasonably detailed operating report, including summary environmental, health and safety information, as applicable.

 

(6) In addition to any report required under this Agreement or pursuant to Applicable Law, the Corporation will prepare or cause to be prepared and delivered to each of the Shareholders such other quarterly and annual reports in respect of the financial condition of the Corporation or distributions made by the Corporation as may be reasonably required by any of the Shareholders at any time and from time to time.

 

 

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(7) PSP shall be entitled (at its sole cost and expense) to have auditors engaged by PSP review, subject to such auditors agreeing to comply with customary confidentiality restrictions, any financial statements prepared in respect of the Corporation and all books and records and working papers related thereto; provided that any such reviews shall be scheduled upon reasonable advance notice by PSP and shall occur during normal business hours and shall be conducted in a manner not to unreasonably interfere with the business and operations of the Corporation or PEGI and its Affiliates. Where the right to conduct any such review are subject to obligations of PEGI (or its Affiliates), the Corporation or the Corporation to, or limitations imposed by, any joint venture partners or contractual counterparties of the Corporation, the foregoing review rights of PSP will be subject to all such limitations and to full compliance by PEGI, the Corporation and PSP of all such obligations.

 

7.4 Accounting Principles

 

All calculations, reports, Financial Statements and projections required to be made or prepared by or in respect of the Corporation will be made or prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

7.5 Tax Returns

 

The Corporation will prepare and file all tax returns and related information for the Corporation and will pay out all taxes and other governmental charges due to be paid from time to time to the applicable Governmental Agency. The Corporation will provide to each Shareholder for review the annual corporate tax returns of the Corporation thirty (30) days prior to the filing due date set by the applicable Governmental Agency. Such Shareholders will then have fifteen (15) days to review and comment on such corporate tax returns from receipt thereof in accordance herewith. GST returns prepared by the Corporation will not be subject to review by the Shareholders prior to the filing thereof with the applicable Governmental Agency, however, GST returns that have already been filed by the Corporation will be provided to any Shareholder for review upon reasonable request by such Shareholder.

 

Article 8
THIRD PARTY AGREEMENTS

 

8.1 Pattern O&M Contract

 

Pattern has caused the O&M Provider to provide operation and maintenance services to the Project in accordance with the O&M Contract between the O&M Provider and the Partnership. Pattern will, or will cause the O&M Provider to, as applicable, make available in Toronto during normal business hours and, to the extent practicable, by remote electronic access, all records relating to the operation and maintenance services provided under the O&M Contract.

 

8.2 Pattern PAA

 

Pattern has caused the PAA Provider to provide Administration Services to the Project, the Partnership, and the Corporation in accordance with any PAA between the PAA Provider and the Corporation, on its own behalf and as general partner of the Partnership. Pattern will, or will cause the PAA Provider, as applicable, to make available to the Shareholders the ledgers and all

 

 

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books and records relating to the Project in Toronto during the normal business hours and, to the extent practicable, by remote electronic access.

 

Article 9
CONFIDENTIALITY

 

9.1 Confidentiality

 

(1) Subject to the provisions of this ‎Section 9.1, each Shareholder shall, and shall cause its Affiliates and its and their Representatives to, keep confidential all information, documentation and records obtained from the Corporation, its Affiliates or their respective Representatives as well as any information arising out of any Shareholder’s access to the books and records of the Corporation, its Affiliates or their respective Representatives (collectively, the “ Confidential Information ”); provided that except as set forth in ‎Section 9.1(2), nothing herein shall restrict or prohibit any Partner from disclosing Confidential Information to its Representatives, in each case who first are instructed to maintain Confidential Information confidential on substantially similar terms as those contained in this ‎Section 9.1(1); provided, further, that such Partner shall be liable for any breach of this ‎Section 9.1 by any such Person as if such Partner had itself committed such breach. “ Confidential Information ” shall not include: (1) public information or information in the public domain at the time of its receipt by PSP or its Representatives; (2) information which becomes public through no fault or act of PSP or its Representatives; or (3) information received by PSP or its Affiliates in good faith from a third party lawfully in possession of the information and not in breach of any confidentiality obligations. PSP acknowledges that it is aware that (i) Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information (as defined below) contains material, non-public information regarding the Corporation and its Affiliates and PEGI and (ii) United States and Canadian securities laws prohibit any persons who have material, non-public information from purchasing or selling securities of a company using such information or from communicating such information to any Person (including its Affiliates) under circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that such Person is likely to purchase or sell such securities in reliance upon such information. PSP further confirms that it has in place internal information protection mechanisms to prevent unauthorized use of the Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information.

 

(2) Competitively Sensitive Information ” shall mean information regarding the Corporation or its Affiliates that PEGI determines that one or more Affiliates of PSP could reasonably be expected to use to compete with PEGI. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement (including Section Article 7), in no event shall PSP be entitled to receive Competitively Sensitive Information, and PSP shall, and shall cause its Affiliates to, maintain any Competitively Sensitive Information of which any of their Representatives is or becomes aware in strict confidence; provided that the Corporation shall provide PSP with a commercially reasonable description of the nature of any Competitively Sensitive Information that would otherwise have been provided to PSP but for this ‎Section 9.1(2) and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide substitute disclosure to PSP that, to the greatest extent practicable under the circumstances, will enable PSP to assess the applicable opportunity relating to the Corporation or its

 

 

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Affiliates in substantially the same manner as if PSP had full access to such Competitively Sensitive Information and that is otherwise reasonably satisfactory to PSP.

 

(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or restrict any Shareholder or any of its Affiliates from disclosing, without the agreement of the Corporation or its Affiliate, as applicable: (a) Confidential Information required to be disclosed under any Applicable Law (including applicable securities laws) or the rules of any securities exchange; (b) Confidential Information required to be disclosed to its lenders or other creditors on a confidential basis; provided that in no event shall this clause (b) permit the disclosure of any Competitively Sensitive Information. Any Shareholder disclosing Confidential Information, as applicable in accordance with this ‎Section 9.1 shall use reasonable efforts to (i) advise the Corporation and the other Shareholders of the details of the required disclosure and (ii) if permitted by Applicable Law, obtain the comments of the Corporation and such other Shareholders on the wording of the proposed disclosure prior to making such disclosure.

 

(4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, in no event shall PSP, any of its Affiliates, or any of their respective Representatives, share any Confidential Information or Competitively Sensitive Information with any portfolio companies or other investments of PSP (or any of their respective Representatives other than employees of PSP who are acting in their capacity as Representatives of PSP and do not use such information for any purpose other than in furtherance of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement) and PSP shall, and shall cause its Affiliates that receive Confidential Information or Competitively Sensitive Information to, use customary information barriers to ensure that no portfolio company or other investment of PSP or any of their respective Representatives (other than employees of PSP who are acting in their capacity as Representatives of PSP and do not use such information for any purpose other than in furtherance of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement) has access to any Confidential Information or Competitively Sensitive Information.

 

(5) This Agreement will not be construed as granting expressly or by implication during its terms or thereafter any interest in or rights or license with respect to any Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information disclosed pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise by or on behalf of the Corporation and its Affiliates.

 

(6) In the event of a breach of a Shareholder’s obligations under this Section 9.1, the Shareholder must, as soon as practicable following discovery of the breach, give written notice to the Corporation of the nature of the breach. The Shareholder must immediately, and upon consultation with the Corporation, take all necessary reasonable steps to limit the extent of the breach.

 

(7) Disclosure or use of Confidential Information and Competitively Sensitive Information contrary to, or other breach of, this Agreement, or any other failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement by a Shareholder, will give rise to irreparable injury to the Corporation and its Affiliates, inadequately compensable in damages. The Shareholders acknowledge and agree that the Corporation and its Affiliates, as applicable, may, in addition to any other remedy and in conjunction with Section 13.21, enforce the performance of this Agreement by way of injunction or specific performance upon application to a court of competent jurisdiction without proof of actual damages

 

 

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(and without the requirement of posting a bond or other security). The rights and remedies provided in this Agreement are cumulative and are in addition to, and not in substitution for, any other rights and remedies available at law or equity.

 

9.2 Public Announcements

 

Each Shareholder shall, and shall cause its Affiliates, to consult with the other Shareholder and provide that other Shareholder a reasonable opportunity to comment before issuing any press release or making any other public announcement regarding the other Shareholder, provided that (i) in the case of any disclosure required by Applicable Law or stock exchange rule, such consultation and opportunity to comment shall only be required to the extent reasonably practicable under the circumstances and (ii) no consultation and opportunity to comment shall be required with respect to any disclosure that is substantially similar to prior public disclosure made in compliance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

9.3 Subsidiaries as Third Party Beneficiaries

 

The provisions of this Article 9 will enure to the benefit of the Corporation and its Subsidiaries notwithstanding that such Subsidiaries are not parties hereto.

 

Article 10
GENERAL SALE PROVISIONS

 

10.1 Warranties of Seller

 

Subject to the applicable limitations set forth in Article 6, each Shareholder shall do all such acts or things, including the execution of any Share transfers, that may be necessary to effect the transfer of any Shares to another Shareholder or a Third Party pursuant to this Section 10.1. For greater certainty, in respect of a proposed Transfer from one Shareholder to another Shareholder, the selling Shareholder shall cause any such Transfer to be effected by way of a simplified transfer agreement with representations and warranties restricted to ownership of the Shares to be transferred, enforceability of the Transfer, corporate capacity, authority and authorization, and receipt of necessary consents to effect the Transfer.

 

10.2 Closing

 

Each Transfer of Shares between a seller and a buyer will, unless the seller and the buyer otherwise agree, be closed at the offices of the solicitors of the Corporation at 10:00 a.m. on the closing date specified in accordance with this Agreement.

 

10.3 Closing Conditions

 

At the time of closing of any Transfer of any Shares between a seller and a buyer under this Agreement, the seller will table:

 

(a) a certificate or certificates representing the Shares being Transferred by the seller, duly endorsed in blank for transfer or accompanied by a duly executed stock power of transfer in appropriate form;

 

(b) a release of any Encumbrances on the Shares being Transferred;

 

 

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(c) either a certificate of the seller stating that the seller is not a non-resident of Canada for the purposes of the Income Tax Act or a certificate issued by the Minister of National Revenue pursuant to section 10.6 of the Income Tax Act with respect to the proposed disposition of property by a non-resident of Canada; and if the seller fails to deliver such certificate, or if the purchase price for the Shares being sold is greater than the certificate limit shown in the certificate issued by the Minister of National Revenue, then the buyer will be entitled to deduct or withhold from the purchase price and to remit to the Receiver General of Canada the amount for which the buyer, in its reasonable determination, is liable pursuant to the provisions of section 10.6 of the Income Tax Act in respect of the Transfer of the Shares being Transferred; and

 

(d) the resignation(s), as a Director, of the seller’s appointee(s) to the Board.

 

10.4 Payment

 

The buyer will pay for the Shares being purchased pursuant to this Agreement by a draft drawn on, or a cheque certified by, or a wire transfer initiated by a Canadian or U.S. chartered bank or trust company.

 

10.5 Allocation of Purchase Price

 

Unless otherwise specified herein, on any Transfer of Shares the allocation of the purchase price for such Shares will be to each Share, equally per Share.

 

10.6 Indebtedness between Seller and the Corporation

 

(1) If, on the date of closing of any sale and purchase of all of the Shares of a seller, the seller is indebted to the Corporation or any Subsidiary or has failed to return any property of the Corporation or any Subsidiary, then, unless the Corporation and the seller otherwise agree in writing, the buyer will at the time of closing of such purchase and sale pay to the Corporation the purchase price payable for the Shares being sold and the Corporation, acting reasonably, will apply such purchase price to repayment of the indebtedness of the seller to the Corporation or any Subsidiary, as the case may be, and, if applicable, retain an amount equivalent to the fair market value of the property of the Corporation or any Subsidiary, as the case may be, as security for the return of such property. If the seller sells all of his Shares and the indebtedness of the seller to the Corporation or any Subsidiary exceeds the purchase price for the Shares being sold, then the seller will at the time of closing pay the balance of such indebtedness to the Corporation to retire such indebtedness. If the purchase price for the Shares being sold exceeds the indebtedness of the seller to the Corporation or any Subsidiary, the Corporation will pay the balance to the seller at the time of closing of such sale and purchase less, if applicable, such amount as it may retain, acting reasonably, equivalent to the fair value of the property of the Corporation or any Subsidiary, as the case may be, as security for the return of such property.

 

(2) If, on the date of closing of any sale and purchase of all of the Shares of a seller, the Corporation or any Subsidiary is indebted to the seller, the Corporation or such

 

 

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Subsidiary will, at the time of closing, repay such indebtedness at its face value plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any.

 

Article 11
ISSUE OF ADDITIONAL SHARES

 

11.1 Issuance of Shares

 

Except as contemplated in Section 3.3, no new class of Shares or other securities granting rights, preferences or privileges that differ from the rights, preferences and privileges of the Common Shares will be created by the Corporation.

 

Article 12
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

12.1 Representations and Warranties of the Shareholders

 

Each Shareholder hereby represents and warrants as follows, and acknowledges and confirms that the other Parties are relying on such representations and warranties in entering into this Agreement:

 

(a) Qualification . It is a corporation, or other legal entity, duly incorporated or formed and existing under the laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation or formation and has the corporate or other power to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement. It has all governmental and regulatory licences, registration and approvals required by Applicable Law as may be necessary to perform its obligations under this Agreement.

 

(b) Authorization . The execution and delivery of and performance by it of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other action on the part of the Shareholder.

 

(c) Validity of Agreement . The execution and delivery of and performance by the Shareholder of this Agreement:

 

(i) will not (or would not with the giving of notice, the lapse of time or the happening of any other event or condition) result in a breach or violation of or a conflict with, or allow any other Person to exercise any rights under, any of the terms or provisions of its articles, by-laws or other constating documents or governing agreements;

 

(ii) will not (or would not with the giving of notice, the lapse of time or the happening of any other event or condition) result in a breach or violation of or a conflict with, or allow any other Person to exercise any rights under any contracts or instruments to which the Shareholder is a party or pursuant to which any of the Shareholder’s assets may be affected; and

 

(iii) will not result in the violation of any Applicable Law.

 

 

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(d) Execution and Binding Obligation . This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Shareholder and constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement of each Shareholder enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, subject only to any limitation under Applicable Laws relating to (i) bankruptcy, winding-up, insolvency, arrangement and other laws of general application affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights, and (ii) the discretion that a court may exercise in the granting of equitable remedies.

 

(e) Title to Shares . The Common Shares set out opposite the Shareholder’s name in Schedule A, which shall be updated by the Board from time to time, are owned by the Shareholder as the registered and beneficial owner with good title, free and clear of all liens, other than those restrictions on transfer, if any, contained in the Articles.

 

(f) Residence . Unless otherwise disclosed in writing to the Corporation, the Shareholder is not a non-resident of Canada for the purposes of the Income Tax Act or is, if a partnership, a “Canadian partnership” for the purposes of the Income Tax Act.

 

12.2 Survival

 

The representations, warranties and covenants of the Parties contained in this Article 12 survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and continue in full force and effect with respect to each Party until it ceases to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement.

 

Article 13
GENERAL

 

13.1 Actions in Accordance with Agreement

 

Each Shareholder will vote its Shares to give effect to this Agreement whether at a meeting of the Shareholders or by written resolution of the Shareholders.

 

13.2 Corporation Consent

 

The Corporation consents to this Agreement and is governed by its terms.

 

13.3 Agreement to be Bound

 

Each Person who becomes a Shareholder must concurrently with becoming a Shareholder execute and deliver to the Corporation a counterpart copy of this Agreement or a written agreement in form and substance satisfactory to the Parties, agreeing to be bound by this Agreement, including making the representations and warranties contained in Article 12.

 

13.4 Conflict with Articles

 

In the event of any inconsistency between this Agreement and the Articles, this Agreement will govern to the extent of the inconsistency and, at the request of any Party, the Parties will forthwith make all changes to the Articles as are necessary and lawful to render them not inconsistent with this Agreement.

 

 

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13.5 Entire Agreement

 

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions, whether oral or written which shall be deemed to terminate on the date hereof and shall thereafter have no further effect upon the Parties, other than the Partnership Agreement, which will continue in force and effect. There are no conditions, representations, warranties or other agreements between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, whether oral or written, express or implied, statutory or otherwise, except as specifically set out in this Agreement and the Partnership Agreement.

 

13.6 Amendment

 

This Agreement may be amended only by a written instrument signed by all of the Shareholders.

 

13.7 Rights of Set-Off

 

Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the Corporation shall have the right to set off against any amount that would otherwise have been paid to a Shareholder hereunder, any amount owing by the Shareholder to the Corporation, including any amount owing as a result of a breach by the Shareholder of its obligations hereunder.

 

13.8 Waiver

 

A waiver of any default, breach or non-compliance under this Agreement is not effective unless it is in writing and signed by the Party to be bound by the waiver. No waiver will be inferred from or implied by any failure to act or delay in acting by a Party in respect of any default, breach or non- compliance or by anything done or omitted to be done by that Party. The waiver by a Party of any default, breach or non-compliance under this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of that Party’s rights under this Agreement in respect of any continuing or subsequent default, breach or non-compliance, whether of the same or any other nature.

 

13.9 Governing Law

 

This Agreement will be construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein (without reference to conflicts of law principles). Each of the Parties irrevocably attorns to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of British Columbia but nothing in this Agreement will preclude any Party from bringing suit or taking other legal action in any other jurisdiction.

 

13.10 Severability

 

Any provision of this Agreement that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction will, as to that jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability and will be severed from the balance of this Agreement, all without affecting the remaining provisions of this Agreement or affecting the validity or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

 

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13.11 Time of Essence

 

Time will be of the essence of this Agreement in all respects.

 

13.12 Further Assurances

 

Each Party will promptly do, execute and deliver or cause to be done, executed and delivered all further acts, documents and things in connection with this Agreement, that any other Party may reasonably require for the purpose of giving effect to this Agreement.

 

13.13 Notice

 

(1) Any notice or other communication required or permitted to be given under this Agreement will be in writing and will be effectively given and made if delivered or sent by facsimile to the applicable address or facsimile number set out below:

 

(i) to Pattern:

 

c/o Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Pier 1, Bay 3 

San Francisco, CA 94111

 

Attention: General Counsel

Facsimile: 415-362-7900

 

(ii) to PSP:

 

Public Sector Pension Investment Board
1250 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Suite 1400
Montreal, Québec H3B 5E9

 

Attention: Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments

Email:
vertuousenergy@investpsp.ca and legalnotices@investpsp.ca

 

with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

 

1501, avenue McGill College
26th Floor
Montréal, Québec H3A 3N9

 

Attention: Franziska Ruf

Email:
fruf@dwpv.com

 

 

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(iii) to the Corporation:


c/o Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Pier 1, Bay 3

San Francisco, CA 94111

 

Attention:
Attention: General Counsel

Facsimile:
415-362-7900

 

(2) Any notice or other communication so given will be deemed to have been given and received on the day of delivery, if delivered, or on the day of faxing, if faxed, provided that such day is a Business Day and such notice or other communication is so delivered or faxed by 4:00 p.m. (local time at the place of receipt) on such day. Otherwise, such notice or communication will be deemed to have been given and received on the next following Business Day. Any such notice or other communication given in any other manner will be deemed to have been given and received only upon actual receipt. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, each party shall, to the extent possible, send a copy by e-mail of each notice, request, demand or communication given in accordance with the foregoing to each recipient thereof; provided that the sending of (or failure to send) a copy of such notice, request, demand or communication by e-mail shall in no way affect the validity of such notice, request, demand or communication or the interpretation as to when such notice, request, demand or communication is deemed to be received pursuant to this Section 13.13.

 

(3) Any Party may from time to time change its address, contact name or facsimile number under this Section 13.13 by notice to the other Parties given in the manner provided by this Section 13.13.

 

13.14 Benefit/Binding

 

This Agreement will enure to the benefit of and be binding on the Parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

 

13.15 Dispute Resolution Procedure

 

Except as otherwise provided for in Section 2.8 or Section 9.1(7), if any dispute, claim, question or differences arises out of or in relation to this Agreement, or any breach hereof, (a “ Dispute ”) the Parties to this Agreement shall each use commercially reasonable efforts to settle the Dispute (the “ Initial Good Faith Discussions ”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Dispute is not resolved within ten (10) days of commencing such Initial Good Faith Discussions, the Parties shall refer such Dispute to their respective senior representatives, who shall in turn use commercially reasonable efforts to settle the (the “ Escalated Good Faith Discussions ”). If such Dispute remains unresolved following the date that is ten (10) days following the commencement of the Escalated Good Faith Discussions, any Party may, following the delivery of written notice to the other Party or Parties, as applicable, commence an action in respect of the Dispute.

 

 

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13.16 No Right to Employment

 

Neither this Agreement nor any purchase of Shares pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement will create, or be construed or deemed to create, any right to employment in favour of any Person by the Corporation or any of the Subsidiaries.

 

13.17 Assignment

 

No Party may assign or transfer, whether absolutely, by way of security or otherwise, all or any part of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior consent of all of the other Parties or in accordance with this Agreement, except where such assignment or transfer is being made together with the Transfer of its Shares in accordance with this Agreement or where such assignment is required pursuant to the Project Financing.

 

13.18 Legend on Certificates

 

All certificates representing Shares will have a legend endorsed on them substantially as follows:

 

“The Corporation and the securities represented by this certificate are subject to the terms and conditions of a Shareholder Agreement made as of the 10 th day of August, 2017, as amended from time to time, which agreement contains restrictions on the right of the holder to sell, assign, dispose of, exchange, pledge, grant an encumbrance over, hypothecate or otherwise transfer the securities represented by the certificate. Notice of the terms and conditions of the Shareholder Agreement is hereby given.”

 

13.19 Subdivision, Consolidation, etc. of Shares

 

The provisions of this Agreement will apply mutatis mutandis to any securities into which the Shares or any of the Shares may be converted or changed, to any securities of the Corporation resulting from a reclassification, subdivision or consolidation of any Shares, to any securities of the Corporation which are received by the Shareholders as a stock dividend or as a result of a stock split, stock consolidation, stock issuance, reverse stock split, recapitalization or reclassification, and to any securities of the Corporation or of any successor body corporate which may be received by the Shareholders on an amalgamation, reorganization, merger or combination of the Corporation.

 

13.20 Termination of Agreement and Survival

 

This Agreement will come into force and be effective as of and from the date of this Agreement and will continue in full force and effect until the earliest of:

 

(a) the date this Agreement is terminated by written agreement of the Parties; and

 

(b) the date all of the Shares are owned by one Shareholder, provided that if one Shareholder becomes the owner of the Shares pursuant to Article 5, this Agreement shall not terminate and shall continue in full force and effect until such time as it is otherwise terminated in accordance with the terms of this Section 13.20.

 

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of Article 9 and other provisions stated to survive termination will survive any termination of this Agreement.

 

13.21 Remedies

 

The Parties acknowledge and agree that all restrictions contained in this Agreement are reasonable and valid and that all defences to the strict enforcement of such restrictions are hereby waived, and that the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions set forth in this Agreement are special and unique such that a breach of any such rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions cannot adequately be compensated for by an award of damages. Accordingly, any Party will be entitled to temporary and permanent injunctive relief and to an order for specific performance against every other Party that is in breach of this Agreement without having to prove damages. Any remedy this Agreement sets forth or contemplates will be in addition to and not in substitution for or dependent upon any other remedy.

 

13.22 Withholding

 

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding, all payments that the Corporation or a Subsidiary is required to make under this Agreement to a Shareholder will be subject to withholding of such amounts relating to income taxes, employment insurance premiums, Canada pension plan contributions, workers’ compensation premiums, other taxes and other amounts as the Corporation or a Subsidiary may reasonably determine it must withhold pursuant to any Applicable Law. In lieu of withholding such amounts, in whole or in part, the Corporation or a Subsidiary may, in its sole discretion, accept other provision for payment of taxes as required by Applicable Law, provided it is satisfied that all requirements of law affecting its responsibilities to withhold such amounts have been satisfied.

 

13.23 Expenses

 

Each Shareholder will pay its own legal and other costs and expenses incurred in connection with the negotiation and finalization of this Agreement.

 

13.24 Independent Advice

 

Each of the Shareholders acknowledges that it has received or waived the opportunity to receive independent legal and tax advice in connection with this Agreement and with owning its Shares.

 

13.25 Counterparts

 

This Agreement may be executed by facsimile or in portable document format (pdf) and delivered electronically and in two or more counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original and all of which will constitute one and the same instrument.

 

13.26 Corporate Opportunities, Waiver of Fiduciary Duties, Etc.

 

To the maximum extent permitted by Applicable Law, no Shareholder of the Corporation will have any fiduciary duties to any other Shareholder of the Corporation, including as may result from a conflict of interest between any of PEGI, Pattern, PSP and the Corporation.

 

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered as of the date first written above.

 

    MEIKLE WIND ENERGY CORP.
     
    Per: /s/ Colin Edwards
      Name: Colin Edwards
      Title: Director
       
    PATTERN CANADA FINANCE COMPANY ULC
     
    Per: /s/ Colin Edwards
      Name: Colin Edwards
      Title: Director
       
    VERTUOUS ENERGY CANADA INC.
     
    Per: /s/ Jean Daigneault
      Name: Jean Daigneault
      Title: Vice President
       
      /s/ Mélanie Bernier
      Name: Mélanie Bernier
      Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

Schedule “A”

CURRENT INVESTMENT AND SHAREHOLDINGS

 

Shareholder Number of Shares
Pattern Canada Finance Company ULC 70 Common Shares
Vertuous Energy Canada Inc. 30 Common Shares

 

 

Schedule “B”

MATTERS REQUIRING shareholder APPROVAL

 

(a) any amendment of the Partnership Agreement or the Articles (or the articles, by-laws or equivalent constituting document of any of the Subsidiaries of the Partnership or the Corporation), other than (i) as required by the applicable third-party partnership agreement, or (ii) amendments that are required by Applicable Law or are of a clerical or “housekeeping” nature;

 

(b) (A) the incorporation or acquisition of a Subsidiary of the Partnership or the Corporation or the disposition of any shares of a Subsidiary of the Partnership or the Corporation, (B) the Partnership or the Corporation or a Subsidiary of either of them entering into any partnership, joint venture or similar arrangement with any other Person, or (C) the purchase of any business by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) or acquisition by shares or purchase by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) of all or substantially all the assets of any other Person;

 

(c) the sale (or entry into of binding agreements to that effect), lease, exchange or other disposition of (i) all or substantially all of the assets of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries), or (ii) assets of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) that would result in a material adverse effect on the power generation of the Project, or the granting of an option or right to such effect;

 

(d) initiating or otherwise participating in voluntary winding-up or bankruptcy proceedings of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries);

 

(e) any merger, amalgamation or consolidation or the entering into of any agreement, arrangement or understanding to merge, amalgamate or consolidate, the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) with any Person;

 

(f) any change to the equity capital structure of the Partnership or the Corporation (whether by subdivision, consolidation or reclassification), the issuance or allotment of any equity or the granting of any right, option or privilege to acquire any equity or the redemption or repurchase by the Partnership or the Corporation of any equity, other than (i) as contemplated by the Partnership’s or the Corporation’s constating documents (including the Partnership Agreement), including any purchase rights or equity dilution provisions (including to fund non-discretionary expenses or amounts necessary to comply with legal obligations), (ii) as contemplated under applicable third-party partnership agreements, or (iii) amendments that are required by Applicable Law or are of a clerical or “housekeeping” nature;

 

(g) the taking or institution of any proceedings for the continuance, winding up, liquidation, reorganization or dissolution of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) in each case under applicable debtor relief laws, other than as required by Applicable Law;

 

 

 
(h) (A) any incurrence of any indebtedness by the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) for borrowed money or granting of any lien or security interest by the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) in respect of any indebtedness for borrowed money, including any financing or refinancing, that is not in existence as of the date hereof other than (i) in the case of an amendment to or refinancing of existing indebtedness of the Partnership, where the amended or refinanced indebtedness would not result in a capital call or be in excess of the total amount of the existing indebtedness outstanding at the time of the refinancing that would be amended or extinguished by the refinancing plus all applicable fees, costs and expenses including breakage costs incurred in connection with such new financing or the repayment of the existing indebtedness; or (ii) indebtedness in an amount less than 2% of the book value of assets of the Partnership that is required to meet the Partnership’s obligations that cannot reasonably be expected to be met with distributable cash flow of the Partnership or that can be satisfied with the posting of a letter of credit or other security, (B) making any loan for borrowed money or entering into any external borrowing arrangements where the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) acts as a lender, (C) the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) entering into any derivative transaction or amending in any material manner or terminating any derivative transaction other than in connection with a transaction described in clauses (A)(i) or (A)(ii) above and other than short-term energy hedge, renewable attributes and/or capacity transactions, or (D) any incurrence of any indebtedness for borrowed money or granting of any security interest or entering into any other borrowing arrangements, in each case by the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) with any Related Party;

 

(i) the repayment of any loan or advance made by a Related Party to the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries), other than in accordance with the terms agreed upon at the time the loan or advance was made;

 

(j) the granting of any security on the assets of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) other than (i) under a financing that is otherwise permitted hereunder, or (ii) customary liens created in the operation of the Project such as liens for trade payables, mechanics, suppliers and warehouse liens, capital leases and tax liens;

 

(k) the guarantee or indemnification by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) of, or the grant of security by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) for, the debts or obligations of any third party, in each case other than customary guarantees or indemnities arising out of the ordinary course of business of the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries);

 

(l) the guarantee or indemnification by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) of, or the grant of security by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) for, the debts or obligations of any Related Party;

 

(m) any change to the distribution policy of the Partnership or the Corporation provided for in this Agreement or the Partnership Agreement;

 

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(n) the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) (A) entering into (on or after the date hereof), causing the early termination of, or making material amendments to any (i) Project Agreement or (ii) applicable third-party partnership agreements, or (B) causing the early termination of, or making material amendments to, any Related Party Contracts, including the O&M Contract and PAA, except (x) in each case for new contracts, terminations and/or amendments that are required by Applicable Law or to avoid a material default by the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) or otherwise preserve material rights of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) under a Project Agreement; provided that agreements evidencing indebtedness described in clause (h) above that the General Partner is permitted to incur without consent under Section 3.3 shall not require consent under this clause (n) or (y) in the case of clause (ii), as is required to give effect to the exercise of options or rights under such agreements;

 

(o) the approval by the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) of any capital expenditure or series of related capital expenditures in an amount in excess of 2% of the book value of assets of the Partnership other than as necessary to comply with Applicable Law, address an Emergency Situation or maintain an insurance policy relating to the Project;

 

(p) the initiation or settlement by the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) of any material litigation or material administrative proceeding;

 

(q) appointment and removal/replacement of auditors of the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries), other than when such appointment, removal or replacement of auditors is designed to have the auditor of the Partnership or the Corporation be the same as the auditor of PEGI;

 

(r) adoption of and changes to employee benefits arrangements or schemes of the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries), except for non-material changes which are reasonable for Entities of the same size and nature as the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries);

 

(s) the creation, modification or termination by the Partnership or the Corporation (or their Subsidiaries) of any plan for the purchase of equity or other securities through the award of options to purchase equity, including a stock option plan or similar program;

 

(t) any change to the accounting methods of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) or to the fiscal year-end, other than (i) when such change to the accounting methods of the Partnership or the Corporation (or any of their Subsidiaries) or to the fiscal year-end is designed to conform to the accounting methods or fiscal year-end of PEGI or (ii) to comply with GAAP;

 

(u) any significant change in the scope or nature of the Business or the Partnership Business (including the business of the Partnership’s or the Corporation’s Subsidiaries) and the entering into of any contract, agreement or commitment that would result in a significant

 

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change in the scope or nature of the Business or the Partnership Business (including the business of the Partnership’s or the Corporation’s Subsidiaries); and

 

(v) seeking to launch an initial public offering or the admission to trading on a recognized stock exchange of the whole or any part of the Partnership’s issued securities (or Subsidiaries of the Partnership).

 

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Schedule “C”

PROJECT AGREEMENTS

 

i.  any lease or other type of agreement granting long-term real property tenure rights that is material to the Project, taken as a whole.

 

ii.  applicable third-party partnership agreements (including agreements with tax equity partners).

 

iii.  the engineering, procurement and construction agreement, balance-of-plant construction contract or similar agreement and related guarantee (but only to the extent adversely affecting the warranty provisions thereof).

 

iv.  the turbine supply agreement or similar material equipment supply agreement and related guarantee (but only to the extent adversely affecting the warranty provisions thereof).

 

v.  the service and maintenance agreement or similar agreement entered into in respect of the wind turbines or any other material equipment.

 

vi.  long-term power purchase agreement, long-term energy hedge agreement or similar agreement entered into with any off-taker to purchase electricity or other products from the Partnership.

 

vii.  the interconnection agreement.

 

viii.  agreements evidencing indebtedness of the types described in clause (h) in Schedule B; provided that agreements evidencing indebtedness described in clause (h) in Schedule B that the General Partner is permitted to incur without consent under Section 3.3 shall not require consent under clause (n) in Schedule B.

 

ix.  any other Contract that affects the Operating Period to which the Corporation on its own behalf or on behalf of the Partnership is a party or by which such Person, or any of its assets is bound and that:

 

1.  limits the freedom of the Corporation, the Partnership or any of their Subsidiaries to compete in any line of business or with any Person or in any area or granting “most favored nation” or similar status, in a manner that is material to the Project, taken as a whole;

 

2.  is with Pattern Energy Group LP or any of its Affiliates that is material to the Project, taken as a whole; or

 

3.  the entry into or loss of which would result in a material adverse effect.

 

“Operating Period” means, in respect of the Project, the period commencing on COD.

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

Pattern Energy Completes Acquisition of 51% of 179 MW Meikle Wind Power Facility

 

SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 14, 2017 – Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq & TSX: PEGI) (“Pattern Energy” or the “Company”), today announced it has completed the acquisition of a 51% interest in the 179 MW Meikle Wind facility from Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development 1.0”) for $68 million 1 , which represents a 10x multiple of the five-year average cash available for distribution 2 ("CAFD"). The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”) acquired the remaining 49%.

 

“Completing the acquisition of Meikle Wind adds British Columbia’s largest wind power facility to our portfolio and is one of the first initiatives in our new strategic relationship with PSP Investments,” said Mike Garland, Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy. “Meikle is an excellent addition to our portfolio, providing a strong addition to our CAFD 2 with a long-term revenue stream from its 25-year PPA. PSP Investments’ acquisition of the remaining 49% stake in Meikle demonstrates their confidence in our business model and investment decisions.”

 

The purchase price of the Meikle Wind acquisition was funded from available cash and draws under the Company's revolving credit facility.

 

Meikle Wind commenced commercial operations in the first quarter of 2017 and operates under a 25-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro, which has a AAA/Aaa credit rating.

 

Located in the Peace River Regional District of British Columbia, Canada, the 179 MW Meikle Wind facility consists of 61 GE wind turbines, including 35 3.2 MW turbines and 26 2.75 MW turbines.

 

About Pattern Energy

 

Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and Toronto Stock Exchange. Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 20 wind power facilities, including one project it has agreed to acquire, with a total owned interest of 2,736 MW in the United States, Canada and Chile that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy's wind power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business. For more information, visit www.patternenergy.com .

 

1) Based on a CAD to USD exchange rate of $1.27

 

2) This forward looking measure of five-year average annual purchase price multiple of cash available for distribution (CAFD) contribution from the Meikle Wind facility is a non-GAAP measure that cannot be reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities as the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable effort primarily because of the uncertainties involved in estimating forward-looking changes in working capital balances which are added to earnings to arrive at cash provided by operations and subtracted therefrom to arrive at CAFD. A description of the adjustments to determine CAFD can be found on page 60 of Pattern Energy’s 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the five year average annual CAFD generated by Meikle Wind and the outlook of the Company’s business model and investment decisions. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

 

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and any quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The risk factors and other factors noted therein could cause actual events or the Company's actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

 

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Contacts:

 

Media Relations

Matt Dallas 

917-363-1333

matt.dallas@patternenergy.com  

Investor Relations

Ross Marshall 

416-526-1563

ross.marshall@loderockadvisors.com