Enbridge Inc. and EDF EN Canada Inc. have entered into an agreement under which Enbridge will invest approximately $170 million to acquire a 50% interest in the 150MW Massif du Sud Wind Project in Quebec.
"Massif du Sud is Enbridge's second wind project in Quebec following our co-investment with EDF EN Canada in the 300MW Lac Alfred project," says Don Thompson, Vice-President, Green Energy. "The Government of Quebec's continuing support of renewable energy generation with a wind capacity target of 4,000MW by 2015, combined with our successful partnership with EDF EN Canada is an attractive combination for Enbridge."
"The project also demonstrates Enbridge's interest in investing in renewable infrastructure across Canada," Thompson adds. "We're pleased to again partner with EDF EN Canada Inc. on the Massif du Sud Wind project."
The project, located in the municipalities of Saint-Luc-de-Bellechasse and Saint-Magloire in the MRC des Etchemins and in the municipalities of Notre-Dame-Auxiliatrice-de-Buckland and Saint-Philémon in the MRC de Bellechasse, consists of 75 wind turbines supplied by REpower, and made with regionally-manufactured blades, towers and converters in accordance with the power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec.
Construction began in November 2011, and is expected to be completed in December 2012. When fully operational, the project will generate enough clean electricity to meet the needs of about 35,000 homes.
EDF EN Canada Inc.'s operation and maintenance affiliate, EDF Renewable Services Canada Inc. will provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services. Hydro-Quebec will buy the power under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Massif du Sud will also contribute to helping Enbridge meet its Neutral Footprint commitment to generate a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt of conventional electricity that the company's operations consume.