Montagne Sèche

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Description

The Montagne Sèche wind farm is located in the municipalities of Cloridorme and Petite-Vallée. It will be built at the same time as Phase I of the Gros-Morne wind farm in 2010 and 2011.

This wind farm, with a capacity of 58.5 MW and including 39 wind turbines, will be built entirely on public lands. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin on December 1, 2011. Deforestation work began in October 2009.

In the spring of 2010 construction will begin on wind farm infrastructure for completion by November 2011.

Investments

Over the 20 years of the Montagne Sèche wind farm operations, Cartier Wind Energy will pay the municipalities of Cloridorme and Petite-Vallée over $1.5M. These voluntary contributions are based on the capacity installed in municipal territory. Cartier will pay $1000 per megawatt (MW) installed at the time of the wind farm’s construction, and will continue to pay the same amount annually over the 20 years of the wind farm’s operation. These funds may be expended on areas within the municipalities’ jurisdiction.

Furthermore, Cartier will provide a visibility fund of $16,088 annually to assist local non-profit organizations.

Statistical Summary

Total investment83 M $
Total installed capacity58,5 MW
Number of 1.5 MW wind turbines39
Wind turbine modelGE 1,5 sle
Total park area1 747 ha
Total investment in designated region (Gaspésie and Matane RMC) during construction50.8 M $
Average number of workers on site150
Maximum number of workers on site200
Underground electrical system19,94 km
Aerial electrical system 4,74 km
Number of permanent employees during park operation 4
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