Quebec Wind Farm Enters Commercial Operation

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Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. says it has begun commercial operation of its Montagne-Seche wind farm, located in the township municipalities of Cloridorme and Petite-Vallee, in Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula.

The Montagne-Seche wind farm, of which Innergex owns a 38% interest and a 50% management stake, comprises 39 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 58.5 MW and an estimated yearly energy output of 193.4 GWh.

One of the few wind farms in the province built entirely on public lands, it has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec for all the electricity it produces, which provides for an annual adjustment to the selling price based on the Consumer Price Index.

Montagne-Seche is one of the projects delivered under the 1,000 MW request for proposals announced by Hydro-Quebec in 2004, which called for at least 60% of total investments to be made locally.

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