REpower Systems AG and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) have completed the construction of a test wind farm in the Gaspe region of Quebec.
The joint pilot project, Site Nordique Experimental en EolienCORUS (SNEEC), consists of two REpower MM92 turbines, each with 2.05 MW of power. The Wind Energy TechnoCentre is the developer and owner of the project.
The SNEEC project uses two cold-climate versions of the REpower MM92. These have been designed for the demanding conditions of the Canadian 60 Hertz network, according to REpower.
Construction of the wind farm as a turnkey project was completed this winter. In its capacity as sub-contractor, RES Canada was in charge of the balance of plant, such as foundations and inner-farm cabling. The rough ground around the wind farm presented the main challenge. A 7 km access road had to be constructed for the heavy transporters, and the components had to be transported over unusually steep gradients.
The owner of SNEEC, the Wind Energy TechnoCentre, hopes to gain knowledge and experience from a test and collaboration between the project partners. A REpower Systems AG team will monitor the turbines over the coming months.
SOURCE: RES Americas Inc.