The winds of change are blowing in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec, where a new wind-energy generating facility, known as the Lac-Alfred wind farm, is slated for construction, the first of five such projects. Saint-Laurent Énergies, the company behind the facility, recently obtained an Order in Council from the Government of Quebec for the construction and operation of these plants, which, upon completion, will power 70,000 homes.
According to a recent release, the Order in Council has authorized a wind farm up to a nominal capacity of 300 MW, using 150 wind turbines rated at 2 MW each. The different plants associated with the Lac-Alfred wind farm project are expected to further development and growth of the wind industry already established in the Gaspésie administrative region. The turbine manufacturer REpower has been selected to provide turbine components; as part of the project, turbine components will be manufactured in regions throughout Quebec.
“For several years, we have been working in close conjunction with the communities of La Matapédia and La Mitis in the development of a project that respects their concerns and the environment, in addition to being beneficial for the local economy. The Lac-Alfred wind farm is the first of five projects for our firm that has obtained an Order in Council. We welcome this wonderful news with enthusiasm and pride,” said Saint-Laurent Énergies CEO, Mr. Stéphane Boyer, in a statement. Subject to long-term funding and internal approvals, the first phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2012.