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Pattern Development completes 147MW wind farm in Québec, Canada

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 April 2018

Pattern Development has completed the construction of 147MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm in Québec, Canada.

The wind farm, which is located about 50km south of Québec City, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, will be acquired by Pattern Energy and PSP Investments as announced last June.

The wind facility site, located on one of the higher elevations in Southern Québec, is claimed to have one of the strongest wind resources in the region.

For this wind farm, Siemens Gamesa supplied 46 of its 3.2MW direct drive wind turbines with components made in Canada. 

The turbine hubs were supplied by Québec-based Group FabDelta. While the turbines blades were manufactured in Ontario, the towers were manufactured by Marmen at the company's facility in Matane, Québec.

Pattern Development CEO Mike Garland said:“The successful completion of our first project in Québec brings our total operational capacity in Canada to 1,533 MW, making Pattern the largest wind power producer in the country with nine facilities across four provinces."

During the peak construction phase, the wind farm generated 350 jobs. Operational phase of the wind farm will create 10 permanent jobs, apart from utilising several local contractors.

Hydro-Québec Distribution has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the wind farm. The electricity generated from the wind farm can be delivered to 28,000 Québec homes annually, according to power use statistics from Hydro-Québec. 

Mike Garland said: "Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind brought strong economic benefits to the Beauce region through its use of local construction workers from Québec and Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with locally-sourced components, supporting manufacturers in the province.

“Going forward the facility will generate millions of dollars for our community partners, the municipalities of Sacré-Coeur-de-Jésus, Saint-Sylvestre and Saint-Séverin."

Image: Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Pattern Energy Group LP.