Quebec has put out a call to add another 700 megawatts (MW) of wind power in a bid to reach the Canadian province’s target of installing 4,000 MW of wind energy by 2015.
According to a recent Montreal Gazette article, all wind energy developers will be able to bid for the first 450 MW, while the remaining 250 MW will be specifically targeted towards first nations communities.
The wind energy sector in Quebec has provided significant economic windfall to the province. It’s estimated that, between 2005-2015, the sector will create over C$10 billion in investments, while creating 37,000 jobs in working hours. Meanwhile, 83% of Quebec citizens are favorable towards wind energy, according to a Ledger Marketing poll.
“This is great news for communities where new projects will be developed. In addition to the significant investment it will bring into the province, new wind energy projects will create new jobs throughout Québec,” said Chris Forrest, vice-president of Communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) in a statement.
“We applaud the Quebec government for its vision and leadership in supporting the development of more wind energy to deliver clean electricity, new jobs and regional economic investments” he said.