TransAlta Corp. announces completion of our New Richmond Wind Facility located in the wind energy-rich Gaspesie area of Quebec. New Richmond was officially commissioned early March 13, when TransAlta’s turbines were energized to the Hydro-Quebec grid.
New Richmond’s commissioning adds 68 MW of renewable energy to the province’s supply; enough to meet the needs of about 11,000 Quebec homes every year. All of the power generated is under a 20-year contract with Hydro-Quebec distribution and supports local utility needs; ensuring citizens have access to reliable renewable electricity.
During development and construction the New Richmond project generated over 250 jobs. Ongoing it will provide additional long-term local employment and economic benefits created through land leases, agreements made with the three municipalities involved and TransAlta’s contributions to the communities.
TransAlta now suppies 167 MW of wind in the Quebec market, and more than 1,220 MW of wind power to customers in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta. Renewable energy assets now make up 25 percent of the company’s portfolio.