Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill0
300 MW Of Wind Power Go Online In Canada
French renewable energy corporation EDF Energies Nouvelles announced this week the completion of two wind power plants – Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred — totalling an installed capacity of 300 megawatts (MW).
The two wind power plants are part of a seven-project programme which will eventually end in 1,003.2 MW installed capacity.
The two wind farms are based in the Quebec province of Canada and are made up of 150 wind turbines supplied by REpower. Together, the two plants will be capable of generating electricity capable of powering 70,000 homes.
Hydro Quebec has agreed to buy the power under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Part of the original deal between EDF Energies Nouvelles and REpower was that there be a high percentage of locally manufactured materials. As a result, the towers, the blades, and the converters were all built in different regions of Quebec.
The construction phase of the two wind farms created more than 600 jobs, and has resulted in 20 to 30 permanent jobs for operation and maintenance.
The Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred wind farms represent the second and third in the seven wind farms awarded to EDF Energies Nouvelles.
Source: EDF Energies Nouvelles