Invenergy and its partners have cut the ribbon on the Roncevaux Wind Farm in Quebec, a 74.8 MW project comprising 34 GE 2.2-107 wind turbines.
The facility is located in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region in the regional county municipality (RCM) of d’Avignon, approximately 500 kilometers northeast of Québec City. The project is a partnership between Invenergy, the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie- Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Énergie Éolienne Bas-Saint-Laurent S.E.N.C.
Energy output from Roncevaux is purchased by Hydro-Québec Distribution through a 25-year power purchase agreement. The project officially commenced operations last December.
“We’re excited to celebrate this milestone for Roncevaux together with our local community partners,” says Bryan Schueler, Invenergy’s executive vice president of project development. “This was a unique project for us with an aggressive timeline, but thanks to the strong partnerships with Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie- Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Énergie Éolienne Bas-Saint-Laurent, we were able to accomplish our goals for making Roncevaux operational shortly after we completed financing.”
Roncevaux will be staffed with six full-time positions. The project is located next to Invenergy’s existing Le Plateau, Le Plateau 2 and Des Moulins Phase 2 wind farms, which have a total installed capacity of 181 MW.
“Invenergy was our first private partner for the Gaspésie community wind farm and is our partner in the Alliance éolienne de l’Est, and I hope that we can continue our successful partnership in the future to export to the North American markets,” says Richard St-Laurent, chairman for the Régie.