Renewable Energy, Wind

Canada switches on 272 MW wind power project

After three years of construction, Boralex Inc., Gaz Métro Limited Partnership and Valener Inc. opened Phase I of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, a 272 MW project commissioned in December 2013 and one of the biggest wind farms in Canada.

With a total installed capacity of 272 MW, the 126 wind turbines that make up Phase I have been supplying renewable energy to Québec’s power grid since they were commissioned in late 2013 and are expected to continue doing so for the next 20 years.

Key figures on Phase I (272 MW) of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farm:

·      The project generates enough electricity to power 50,000 Québec homes.

·      It took more than 1.5 million person-hours to erect the 126 wind turbines.

·      Phase I represents a total investment of $750 million, including $360 million in Québec, $205 million in the Capitale-Nationale region and $28 million in the Côte-de-Beaupré region.

·      Over 30 companies from the Côte-de-Beaupré region took part in construction of the project’s first 272 MW phase.

·      87 miles of roads were built to provide access to the 126 wind turbines

·      60,000 tons of concrete were used to lay the foundations, and 43 cranes were needed to erect them.

·      A 111 mile underground collector system to carry the electricity to a single 315 kV substation.

The project’s 68 MW second phase is expected to be commissioned in 2014, with the 25 MW community project anticipated to come online in 2015. Once completed, the development will be one of Canada’s biggest wind farms.