The three Mi’gmaq communities of Quebec and Innergex Renewable Energy (TSX: INE) announced Dec. 29 that the 150-MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm, located in Gaspésie, Quebec, has begun commercial operation.
The project is owned by Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MU) Wind Farm LP, an entity controlled 50-50 by the three Mi’gmaq communities of Quebec – Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj – and by Innergex, which managed construction and will be responsible for the operation of the wind farm. The project is located on public lands in the Avignon Regional County Municipality in Quebec. Construction began in May 2015 and was completed within budget.
“The completion of construction represents a historic moment for our assembly, the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi, and the Mi’gmaq communities,” said Troy Jerome, outgoing president of the board for the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm. “By employing 110 workers from the Mi’gmaq community during the construction of the project, we have shown that such projects can contribute to the social and economic development of the Mi’gmaq communities. … We also extend our recognition to the project’s two main contractors, Borea construction and Senvion, for their efforts in attaining these employment goals.”
The average annual production of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm is estimated to reach 562,500 MWh. All of the electricity produced is covered by a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement with Hydro-Québec.
Innergex develops, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms and solar photovoltaic farms in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, in Idaho in the U.S., and in France. Its portfolio of assets currently consists of interests in 46 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 909 MW (gross 1,533 MW). It also has interests in two projects under construction with an aggregate net installed capacity of 71 MW (gross 107 MW), for which power purchase agreements have been secured, and prospective projects with an aggregate net capacity totalling 3,280 MW (gross 3,530 MW).