Pattern Energy’s 147.2MW Mont Sainte Marguerite wind farm has cleared another permitting hurdle after Quebec regulators recommended conditional approval for the project.

The Bureau of Environmental Public Hearings (BAPE) has submitted its findings for final review by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.

The bureau suggested a number of changes to maintain quality of life for nearby residents, including moving four turbines to reduce visual impacts. The developer could also provide more financial benefits, such as a community fund or payments to non-participating residents.

The C$275m project, located about 50 miles south of Quebec City, will feature 46 Siemens SWT-3.2MW-113 direct drive machines. More than 150 landowners spanning 8000 hectares are participating in the wind farm.

Mont Sainte Marguerite, purchased from initial proponent RES Canada, has a 25-year power purchase agreement with provincial utility Hydro-Québec.

Pattern expects to start commercial operation on 1 December 2017.

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