Boralex Inc., Gaz Métro LP and Valener Inc. have officially opened Phase I of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, a 272-MW project commissioned in December 2013 and one of the biggest wind farms in Canada.
A ceremony was held at the foot of one of the project’s tallest turbines on July 3 in the presence of: Caroline Simard, Member for Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré, representing the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Pierre Arcand; Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro; Patrick Lemaire, President and CEO of Boralex; and Jacques Roberge, General Superior of the Séminaire de Québec.
“We are very proud to celebrate the entry into service of Phase I of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, particularly in light of the project’s substantial economic spin-offs. Our 100% Quebec-based consortium has invested over $750 million to carry out this project, and over [C]$360 million has been invested in other homegrown companies. The success of this initiative can be gauged by the logistical efforts made, but especially by the remarkable degree of cooperation shown by all project stakeholders,” stated Brochu and Lemaire.
With a total installed capacity of 272 MW, the 126 turbines that make up Phase I have been supplying renewable energy to Québec’s power grid since they were commissioned in late 2013 and are expected to continue doing so for the next 20 years.
The project’s 68-MW second phase is expected to be commissioned in 2014, with a 25-MW community project anticipated to come online in 2015. Once completed, the development will be one of Canada’s biggest wind farms. The Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms have a total contracted capacity of 365 MW.