“The signing of the PPAs marks another success for EDF EN Canada Inc. following the recent acquisition of the remaining ownership interest of Montreal based Saint Laurent Energies (SLE),” said Al Kurzenhauser, Vice President of EDF EN Canada Inc. “SLE will manage the development and construction of these two community projects from EDF EN Canada Inc.’s Montreal office.”
“The last 4 years have been very difficult for our region especially for the manufacturing and logging industries, where the outlook is very bleak. Wind energy has much to offer to our communities,” declared André St-Marseille, President of Énergie du Granit Inc. “It’s an additional source of revenue which will also create jobs within our county. We are very proud to be partners in this project.”
“For our municipalities, the wind from our county will generate an interesting source of revenue and the signing of the contract with Hydro-Quebec Distribution has brought this partnership full circle. We are very proud to be working with EDF EN Canada and Saint-Laurent Énergies,” said Michel Côté, Prefect of the MRC de La Mitis.
EDF EN Canada Inc. now has over 1 GW of wind energy in development in Quebec, including five wind projects totaling 954 MW which were won in the 2007 Hydro-Québec RFP. Construction of the first of these five projects is expected to commence in the second half of 2011 with operations between 2012 and 2015.
The PPAs are subject to approval by the Quebec Energy Board. Construction will commence following the obtainment of all required governmental and municipal permits, approvals and environmental authorizations.
EDF EN Canada has associated with MRC de la Mitis and MRC du Granit for developing the two projects each with a capability to generate 24.6 MW power. The projects will incorporate Repower’s 2.05 MW turbine. Earlier, Hydro-Québec had called for tenders for the two projects in 2009, and finalized the names for executing the projects in December 2010.
According to André St-Marseille, Énergie du Granit’s President, wind energy will bring cheers to the logging and production industries in the region. The project in addition to generating revenue for the county will also create job opportunities.
The signed PPAs are to be approved by the Quebec Energy Board. The project will commence the constructions on receiving municipal and government permissions, and approvals and clearance from the environmental authorities.