Toronto, Canada [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Northland Power Income Fund announced that the 127.5-megawatt (MW) Jardin d’Eole wind farm project near Matane, Quebec, will begin commercial operations under the terms of its power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec this week. The project employs 85 General Electric 1.5-MW wind turbines.
The Jardin d’Eole project will sell electricity to Hydro-Quebec under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement that was awarded to Northland Power in the 2003 Hydro-Quebec Call for Tenders for wind power. The project will also receive a portion of the federal EcoEnergy incentive for wind power for 10 years.
“We are very proud of the whole team that brought in this project 11 days ahead of schedule and well within its $268 million total budget,” said John Brace, president and CEO of the fund. “The effort involved tremendous cooperation with Hydro-Quebec and support from all levels of government in Quebec, especially the RCM of Matane and the municipalities of Saint-Ulric, Saint-Leandre and the City of Matane, who did so much to make this project happen. Our EPC contractor, Borea Construction, did a great job in delivering the project ahead of schedule. And, with over 60 landowners providing land for the turbines and infrastructure, we look forward to a long and close relationship with our community partners in the St Ulric and St Leandre area.”
The wind farm was built by Borea Construction ULC. In total, the project represents an investment of over CAN $100 million in the Gaspesie economy and an additional $20 million in the Quebec economy outside the Gaspesie, and will provide ongoing employment to 10 local service and operations staff.