EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions 80 MW wind power plant

Saint-Robert-Bellarmin wind

EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced the commissioning of its first wind power plant in Canada, the 80 MW Saint-Robert-Bellarmin facility in Quebec. This wind plant is the first of a seven-project program totaling 1,003.2 MW. The Saint-Robert-Bellarmin wind power plant in the southeastern Estrie region comprises of 40 wind turbines supplied by REpower, each with a unit capacity of 2 MW. The electricity generated will be sold to Hydro Québec under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

This project is the first of seven projects awarded in 2008 to EDF Energies Nouvelles in Canada through a Hydro Québec wind energy calls for tenders. EDF Energies Nouvelles will develop and build under this program, which runs until 2015, a total of 1,003.2 MW in the province. Two other wind projects, Massif du Sud (150 MW) and Lac Alfred (300 MW) are also under construction.

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.

The Saint-Robert-Bellarmin project was developed and built by EDF EN Canada and will be operated and maintained by EDF Renewable Services, both local subsidiaries of EDF Energies Nouvelles.

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