Pattern Energy Group LP announced that its Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind energy project has entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec. The 147 MW project is located about 31 miles south of Québec City, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.
Pattern Development has partnered with Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) on development of the project.
The Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project will use 46 Siemens 3.2 MW direct drive wind turbines. Components for the turbines will be sourced from Québec and leverage the highly-skilled labor force and manufacturing facilities in the province.
The project will provide more than $735,000 annually to Pattern Development’s community partners, the municipalities of Saint-Sylvestre and Saint-Séverin, which are active participants in the development of the project.
The project will employ about 200 skilled workers on site at the peak of construction activity and create 10-12 permanent jobs once operational. Upon completion, the Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project is expected to generate enough power for approximately 27,000 Québec homes annually, according to power use statistics from Hydro-Québec. The project site, which is located on one of the higher elevations in Southern Québec, has one of the strongest wind resources in the entire region.
Pattern Development acquired RES Canada’s stake in Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind and now owns 100 percent of the project. RES Canada and Pattern Development will continue to jointly develop the project, which is expected to begin construction in the third quarter of 2016. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in December 2017.