Quebec okays $365M Innergex MU wind farm

Mi'gmaq-Innergex project capable of powering 30,000 homes

LONGUEUIL, Que: — Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has received government approval for the $365-million Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Farm.

The 150-megawatt wind project located in the Gaspé Peninsula, in Que. is controlled 50-50 by three Mi’gmaq communities – Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj – and by Innergex, a renewable energy company based in Longueuil, Que., which is also responsible for the construction and operation of the installation.

The MU wind project is located on public lands in the Avignon Regional County Municipality in Quebec.

The partners expect to begin pre-construction activities, such as wood clearing, in late 2014 and to begin construction in 2015. Commercial operation of the wind farm is to commence at the end of 2016.

Average long-term annual production will be approximately 515,000 megawatt-hours, enough to power more than 30,000 Quebec households each year. Electricity will be covered by a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement with Hydro-Québec.

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