Electricite de France SA, the French utility, agreed to use wind turbines from Suzlon Energy Ltd.’s Repower Systems unit for a 350-megawatt wind farm in Quebec.
EDF Energies Nouvelles announces the commissioning of two wind power plants, Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred (first phase), with an installed capacity of 150 MW each. These facilities are part of a seven-project programme in wind energy totalising 1,003.2 MW.
Based in Quebec province, the Massif du Sud wind power plant is located in the south of Quebec City in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, while the Lac Alfred power plant is located in the north-east of Quebec City in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Each power plant is comprised of 75 wind turbines supplied by REpower and they will generate together sufficient electricity to supply approximately 70,000 average homes. Hydro Québec will buy the power under 20-year power purchase agreements.
As part of an agreement between REpower and EDF Energies Nouvelles, the installed turbines include a significant amount of locally manufactured content. The towers, the blades and the converters were built in different regions of Quebec. Developed and built by EDF EN Canada, the projects together generated more than 600 jobs during the construction phase and will create 20 to 30 permanent jobs for operation and maintenance services, which will be provided by EDF Renewable Services Canada. Both companies are local subsidiaries of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
Following the commissioning of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin wind power plant (80 MW) in October 2012, Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred represent the second and third wind energy projects of the seven awarded in 2008 and 2010 to EDF Energies Nouvelles in Canada through Hydro Québec wind energy calls for tenders. The Company will develop and build under this programme, which runs until 2015, a total of 1,003.2 MW in the province.
Operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 4,200 MW of gross installed capacity. With a development focused on wind and solar photovoltaic energy, the Company recently entered 3 new promising markets: Israel, Morocco and South Africa, and is expanding its business in offshore wind energy. The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biogas, biomass and small hydro as well as in distributed energies. EDF EN manages renewable energy projects’ development, financing, construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own accord and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group and its renewable energy arm.