Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and the three Mi’gmaq communities of Quebec have announced that the 150 MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm, located in Gaspesie, Quebec, has begun commercial operation.
As reported, the project is owned by the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Farm LP, an entity controlled 50-50 by the three Mi’gmaq communities of Quebec – Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj – and by Innergex, which was in charge of the management of the construction and will be responsible for the operation of the wind farm.
Innergex says the project, located on public lands in the Avignon Regional County Municipality, features 46 Senvion 3.2M114 turbines and one MM92 machine. Construction began in May 2015 and was completed within budget.
“The completion of construction represents a historic moment for our assembly, the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi and the Mi’gmaq communities,” notes Troy Jerome, outgoing president of the board for the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm.
“By employing 110 workers from the Mi’gmaq community during the construction of the project, we have shown that such projects can contribute to the social and economic development of the Mi’gmaq communities. With the start of electricity generation, four Mi’gmaq technicians are also at work on a full-time basis as part of the team that will keep these turbines maintained and running. We also extend our recognition to the project’s two main contractors, Borea construction and Senvion, for their efforts in attaining these employment goals,” adds Jerome.
Michel Letellier, president and CEO of the corporation, says, “It is an honor for Innergex to have been chosen as a partner for the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n project, particularly since it is the first wind project completed in partnership with an Indigenous Nation in Quebec. It is a project of an exceptional scale that was developed under the leadership of the Mi’gmaq communities.”
The average annual production of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm is estimated to reach 562,500 MWh, enough to power approximately 30,000 Quebec households each year. In its first full year of operation, it is expected to generate revenues and adjusted EBITDA of approximately C$59.6 million and C$52.5 million, respectively.
All of the electricity the facility will produce is covered by a 20-year, fixed-price power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec, which provides for an annual adjustment to the selling price based on a portion of the consumer price index.