Located in 4 municipalities, the project will total 75 wind turbines supplied by REpower, some elements (blades, towers and converters) were made in Quebec. Hydro-Québec will purchase electricity under a contract to purchase electricity for 20 years.
Construction began in November 2011 and should be completed in December 2012. When fully operational, the wind farm will produce enough renewable energy to power approximately 35,000 homes with electricity.
“Massif du Sud is the second wind farm for Enbridge in Quebec, following our co-investment with EDF EN Canada in the park Lac-Alfred wind 300 MW,” said Don Thompson, Vice President, Green energy. “The continued support of the Government of Quebec to renewable energy with a target of 4000 MW by 2015, and our successful partnership with EDF EN Canada is an advantageous combination for Enbridge.”
“The partnership we initiated last year with Enbridge on the Lac-Alfred was successful and we are pleased to re-engage in a relationship with Enbridge ownership,” said Tristan Grimbert, CEO of EDF EN North America.
Massif du Sud wind project:
Location: Chaudière-Appalaches (100 kilometers east of Quebec City)
Maximum capacity: 150 MW
Expected annual return: 500,000 MWh
Technology (turbines): 75 REpower
Construction: Begun in November 2011 / completed in December 2012
Buyer power: Hydro-Québec Distribution (20 year contract)
Interconnection: Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie
Job Creation: More than 250 jobs during peak construction, up to 10 full-time permanent jobs during operation