Seigneurie de Beaupre Wind Farms Get Environmental Green Light

Boralex Inc. and Gaz Metro Limited Partnership have learned from the Government of Quebec’s Ninister of Natural Resources and Wildlife Nathalie Normandeau that the companies have been given approval to build two wind power projects totaling an installed capacity of 272 megawatts (MW).

Having successfully completed the key step of obtaining environmental approvals, the consortium can now move ahead with applying for construction permits and financing from financial institutions.

The two wind farms were awarded in March of 2008. The scheduled start-up date for the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farms is December 2013 Boralex said. Electricity from the projects is set to be purchased by Hydro-Quebec.

The consortium’s wind farms are being built on land owned by the Seminary of Quebec, which is perfectly suited to wind power projects according to Gaz Metro.

“The announcement of this decree, the first to be awarded to a project under the latest Hydro-Quebec call for tenders, is excellent news for the consortium and clearly proves the environmental merit and social acceptability of the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farms. We are enthusiastic about contributing to the expansion of wind power in Quebec,” said Patrick Lemaire, president and chief executive officer of Boralex and Sophie Brochu, president and chief executive officer of Gaz Metro.

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