Quebec 450MW RFP winners
EDF, Invenergy, RES-Pattern line up Vestas, GE and Siemens turbines
Quebec has awarded contracts to three projects in a 450MW call for wind energy.
EDF EN Canada, Invenergy Wind Canada and partners Renewable Energy Systems Canada and Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada have been offered power purchase agreements for a total 446.4MW.
Turbine manufacturers Senvion and Enercon, which scooped all the supply contracts in Quebec’s last RFP, were shut out this time around.
EDF plans to install Vestas turbines at the 224.4MW Nicolas-Riou scheme. The Lower St Lawrence region project is scheduled to start service in December 2017.
Invenergy proposes to employ GE machines at the 74.8MW Roncevaux facility in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which is expected online in December 2016.
For their part, RES and Pattern have designed the 147.2MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite project in the Chaudière-Appalaches region with Siemens hardware. Mont Sainte-Marguerite has a December 2017 commercial operation date.
The average price of the accepted bids is 7.6 cents/kWh, including 1.3 cents/kWh for transmission costs.
Local communities have equity participation in the three wind farms. The call included a 60% Quebec content requirement with at least 35% spent in the Matane and Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine regions.
The utility received 54 submissions from 10 developers, totaling 6.6GW.
Over the coming weeks, Hydro-Québec Distribution will work with the project proponents to finalize the contracts, which will then be submitted to the provincial Energy Board for approval.
The proponents will be responsible for obtaining all the approvals and permits needed to build wind farms prior to the start of construction.
Image: the developer's Massif du Sud wind farm in Quebec (EDF)