EDF EN Canada has commissioned the Rivière-du-Moulin Phase 1 (150 MW) wind project in Quebec, Canada.
Once completed, the Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project will be the largest wind energy facility in Canada at 350 MW total under a single Power Purchase Agreement, said EDF EN Canada in a Dec. 17 statement.
Located in the unorganized territory (UT) of Lac-Pikauba in the Regional County Municipalities (RCM) of Charlevoix and the UT of Lac-Ministuk in the RCM of Fjord-du–Saguenay, the wind farm is being developed in two phases. The first phase of 150 MW reached commissioning on Nov. 27. The second phase of 200 MW is scheduled for commissioning by December 2015.
“For several years we have worked closely with the local communities, represented by the First Nations and the Charlevoix and RCM Fjord-du-Saguenay, in order to develop a wind project that respects their concerns and environment, in addition to being economically beneficial. Of the seven wind farms that make up the EDF EN Canada wind portfolio in Quebec, Rivière-du-Moulin is our largest project and the sixth to be commissioned,” said Al Kurzenhauser, Chief Operating Officer for EDF EN Canada.
Rivière-du-Moulin is the largest of seven wind energy projects awarded to EDF EN Canada in 2008 and 2010 through a Hydro-Quebec Distribution call for tenders. By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have placed into service 1,374 MW of wind and solar projects in Canada.
The project is using Senvion 152 MM92 and 23 MM82 cold climate version (CCV) turbines, with construction being done by Construction Énergie Renouvelable.
EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, is a market leader in renewable energy, with more than 1,300 MW of wind and solar power facilities in service or under construction.