Phase II of major Quebec wind project spins into action

Boralex Inc., Gaz Métro LP and Valener Inc. announced Dec. 3 the commercial commissioning of an additional 68 MW at the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms in Quebec, completing Phase II of the wind farm which now totals 340 MW in operation.

“The success of this second phase of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms is one more example of the outstanding work of our teams, who completed the project on budget and on schedule,” said Gaz Métro President and CEO Sophie Brochu and Boralex President and CEO Patrick Lemaire.

They highlighted the vital contribution of many key actors in completing the 68-MW Phase II on schedule: Séminaire de Québec, the owner of the land; Borea, the contractor responsible for construction of the roads and collector systems; Enercon, the maker of the 28 wind turbines; the elected officials of the region; and a large number of local businesses. A total of 210,000 hours of work were needed to erect the 28 turbines.

Combined with the 272 MW (126 turbines) commissioned in late 2013, these 68 MW (28 turbines) position the Québec-based consortium to supply green energy to Québec’s power grid for the next 20 years. Following addition of the 25 MW Côte-de-Beaupré community project (La Côte-de-Beaupré RCM and Boralex project) in 2015, the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms will rank among Canada’s largest wind power sites with 365 MW of installed capacity.

Boralex is a power producer whose core business is dedicated to the development and the operation of renewable energy power stations. Currently, the corporation operates an asset base with an installed capacity of more than 750 MW in Canada, France and the Northeastern United States. Boralex is also committed under power development projects, both independently and with Canadian and European partners, to add more than 100 MW of power that will be put in service by the end of 2015.

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