Invenergy Wind LLC and the Régie intermunicipale de l'énergie Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine (the Régie) have announced that commercial operations have commenced at their 21.15 MW Le Plateau 2 wind power farm in Québec.
Le Plateau 2 is located in the Ruisseau-Ferguson unorganized territory in the MRC d'Avignon, Québec, Canada, approximately 300 miles east of Québec City. The project features nine Enercon E-92 wind turbines, with output purchased by Hydro-Québec Distribution through a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The wind farm is a collaboration between leading North American clean energy company Invenergy and the Régie, a coalition representing MRC's and municipalities comprising more than 90% of the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine administrative region.
"We are delighted to reach this milestone together with our community partner, the Régie," said Jim Shield, Chief Development Officer at Invenergy. "Le Plateau 2 enhances our growing presence in Québec and demonstrates our ability to work in partnership with local communities. The Régie is an excellent and innovative example of the benefits of economic diversification in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region."
"Today all of the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region is delighted with its 2008 decision to establish the Régie,'' said Richard St-Laurent, spokesman for the Régie. "The wind farm brings financial benefit to the municipalities through our share of the profits, in addition to the usual host voluntary payments. Our establishing a solid and successful relationship with Invenergy reflects a regional consensus and proves that by working together, we can achieve great results."
The facility is sited nearby Invenergy's existing 138.6 MW Le Plateau wind farm, which commenced operations in 2012 and also has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Québec Distribution.