Gaz Métro and Boralex have partnered to submit bids for the supply of green energy to the US state of Massachusetts, from a 300MW wind farm to be located in Beaupré territory in Quebec, Canada.
The SBx wind project will be located in Quebec’s Capitale-Nationale administrative region. It will be the fourth phase of the 364MW Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, which is one of the largest clusters of wind farms in Canada.
The 300MW will be developed, financed, built and operated by Gaz Métro and Boralex.
The companies also stated that the output of the SBx wind farm will be firmed up with the hydropower supplied by Hydro-Quebec’s fleet of generating assets.
The synergy between hydropower and wind power is expected to help the companies in supplying Massachusetts with clean, stable and sustainable energy in the coming years.
Massachusetts is expected to announced the selected projects in the request for proposals (RFP) at the beginning of 2018.
To disclose the details of the SBx project to the community and local stakeholders, Gaz Métro and Boralex will voluntarily conduct a public information and consultation process in early September 2017.
Boralex president and CEO Patrick Lemaire said: "For over 10 years, Gaz Métro and Boralex worked together to develop the exceptional wind power potential of the Seigneurie de Beaupré. The territory's unique characteristics make it suitable for the development of future wind farms.
“It is vast, is known to offer high-quality wind resources and is located near existing transmission lines within reach of load centers in the northeastern U.S. We are confident that SBx has all of the qualities needed to stand out from the competition."
Gaz Métro president and CEO Sophie Brochu said: "Northeastern U.S. states have adopted ambitious renewable energy targets and instituted regulatory requirements that favor wind power, which makes this market very appealing.
"Our bid would not only help Massachusetts achieve its goals in fighting climate change, it would also help meet its high demand for electricity, particularly in the winter."
Image: Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms 2 & 3 (phase I) of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms. Photo courtesy of Boralex Inc.