EDF EN Canada is developing the wind farm in two phases totaling 175 cold-climate Senvion turbines, including 152 MM92 and 23 MM82 models. Towers, blades and converters are sourced locally from Quebec.
The first 150 MW tranche consists of 75 turbines, and completion of the 200 MW Phase 2 is set for the end of 2015.Â
EDF says Phase I created more than 585 jobs during the peak of construction. Riviere-du-Moulin, located in the regional county municipalities of Charlevoix and Fjord-du-Saguenay, is the largest of seven wind energy projects awarded to EDF EN Canada in 2008 and 2010 through Hydro-Quebec Distribution calls for tenders.
"For several years, we have worked closely with the local communities, represented by the First Nations and the Charlevoix and RCM Fjord-du-Saguenay, in order to develop a wind project that respects their concerns and environment, in addition to being economically beneficial," says Al Kurzenhauser, chief operating officer for EDF EN Canada.
Meanwhile, Senvion notes the turbine maker has so far installed and commissioned almost 800 MW in Quebec since 2010.
"With the completion of Riviere-du-Moulin, Senvion has an impressive footprint in Quebec, which will continue to grow," says Andreas Nauen, CEO of Senvion.