In response to the Request for Proposals issued by the Massachusetts, Gaz Métro and Boralex propose the SBx project, a 300 MW wind farm to be located on the private land of the Seigneurie de Beaupré territory in Quebec’s Capitale-Nationale region. SBx would be the fourth phase of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, the largest cluster of wind farms in Canada, with 364 MW of capacity already installed. SBx would be entirely developed, financed, built and operated by Boralex and Gaz Métro. 

Location

SBx would be located on the Seigneurie de Beaupré private territory, owned by the Séminaire de Québec, in the Côte-de-Beaupré Regional county municipality in Quebec, Canada.  

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The territory’s unique characteristics make it suitable for the development of future wind farms:

  • It is vast; 
  • the quality of its wind resources is well-known;
  • it is located near existing transmission lines within reach of load centers in the northeastern U.S. 

Public consultation activities

Before the outcome of the RFP is even known, Gaz Métro and Boralex will voluntarily begin a public information and consultation process in early September 2017, in order to present the details of the SBx project to the community and local stakeholders, understand their interests and take their comments into consideration when crafting the project. Details of these activities will be released in the upcoming weeks. 

Anticipated economic benefits for Quebec’s region

The construction of a wind farm creates economic vitality in the host community. In partnership with the local stakeholders, Boralex and Gaz Métro will put measures together to maximize the economic benefits and the use of local resources to fill the different needs during the development, construction and operation of the wind farm.

SBx would lead to the creation of many jobs in the region. During the construction, 400 to 500 workers could be required to build the roads, sink the foundations, bury the collector network, erect the wind turbines and construct the step-up station. Different type of jobs would be required:

  • Heavy equipment operators 
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Crane operators
  • Surveyors
  • Power line workers 
  • Welder
  • Etc.

For the operation of the wind farm, approximately 20 new long-term jobs could be created. 

Exportation of Quebec’s energy resources

Quebec is fortunate to possess abundant energy resources. It is able to ensure firm and long-term supply of clean and renewable energy to the foreign energy markets.

The exportation of renewable energy represents great business opportunities for Quebec, while helping to reduce the use of polluting thermal power stations and the American States to achieve their objectives in the fight against climate change.

To learn more about the exportation of Quebec’s energy resources, please refer to the Government of Quebec’s 2030 Energy Policy: http://politiqueenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/home/?lang=en

Documentation

Press Release: July 27, 2017 - Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms’ expansion project : Gaz Métro and Boralex respond to Massachusetts’ request for proposals with the 300 MW SBx project

 

Thanks to the valuable collaboration of the Séminaire de Québec, without whom this project would not be possible. The Séminaire de Québec is the only land owner of the Seigneurie de Beaupré territory and their knowledge regarding the land use planning and their relations with the land users are essential to the good achievement of the project.