Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX: AQN) announced Dec. 2 the commercial operation of the 24-MW Phase I St. Damase Wind Project in Quebec under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro Quebec.
The project was completed on time and on budget. St. Damase I consists of 10 Enercon E-92 2.35 MW wind turbine generators. The project site enjoys an excellent wind resource which will allow St. Damase I to produce an average of 76.9 GW-hrs of electricity per year.
“We are pleased to continue our contribution to the renewable energy business in Canada, and to successfully invest along with our community partners in Quebec,” said Ian Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of APUC. “The successful completion of St. Damase I marks our first wind project in Quebec which, together with the expected Q1 2015 completion of the 24 MW Morse, SK wind project and 20 MW Bakersfield, CA solar project, reinforces our strategic focus on growing our generation business through the development of green-field renewable power projects.”
The St. Damase I wind turbines will allow Algonquin to evaluate the wind resource at the project site for future opportunities.
Algonquin Power & Utilities is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility. The non-regulated generation business group owns or has interests in a portfolio of North American based contracted wind, solar, hydroelectric and natural gas powered generating facilities representing more than 1,150 MW of installed capacity.