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Senvion installs first 3MW turbine in North America at Quebec wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 19 July 2016

Senvion has installed the first of 46 3.2M114 turbines at the 150MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm in Quebec, Canada.

It is the first 3MW machine installed by the company in North America.

The wind farm is located on public lands in the Avignon Regional County Municipality in Quebec. It is a 50/50 partnership between Canadian developer Innergex Renewable Energy and the three Mi'gmaq Nations of Quebec.

Senvion said the 3.2MW machine has a hub height of 100m and a rotor diameter of 114m. It is also cliamed to be the largest turbine to be installed so far in Canada.

The wind turbines have been specially adapted to work in North American conditions. They are outfitted with hot air anti-icing system so that each of the turbines produce maximum yield, even in harsh climates. 

Upon completion, the wind farm will generate enough power for more than 30,000 local homes.

The wind farm is expected to commissioned either by the end of 2016 or in early 2107. It has a life span of 20 years.

Senvion North America CEO Helmut Herold said: "Senvion's North American fleet is comprised of over 1100 MM92 turbines that have made us strong and successful across the continent.

"With the arrival and installation of the 3.2M114 we are adding and growing our North American portfolio but also showcasing how our high quality proven German technology specifically adapted for North America.

“A larger turbine such as the 3.2M114 is a more cost competitive option for developers and communities alike who seek innovative technology to help reduce project costs. Such technologies help, once more, to make wind one of the most cost-competitive choices for energy generation."

Innergex Renewable Energy president and CEO Michel Letellier said: "As a partner in the Mesgi'g Ugju's'n Wind Farm project, we are very pleased to be the first in North America to install the proven state-of-the-art technology of Senvion's 3.2M114 turbines, which will contribute to optimizing the benefits of this project."

The Government of Quebec allocated 150MW of wind power to the Mi’gmaq communities in 2013, as a significant step forward in their energy development. 


Image: Senvion installs the first 3.2MW wind turbine at the Mesgi'g Ugju's'n Wind Farm in Quebec, Canada. Photo: Courtesy of Senvion GmbH.