Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, installed its first 3 MW machine in North America, the Senvion 3.2M114. The turbine has a rated output of 3.2 MW, hub height of 100 metres, and a rotor diameter of 114 metres. It is the first of 46 turbines to be installed at the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MU) Wind Farm (a 50-50 partnership between the three Mi’gmaq Nations of Quebec and developer Innergex). The 3.2M114 has been in service in Europe since 2012, and has been specially adapted for North American requirements. The turbine is fully equipped with a hot air anti-icing system to be able to produce a maximum amount of yield even in harsh climates, and is one of the quietest turbines in its class. It is also the largest turbine to be installed to date in Canada.
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.
Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Farm will see a fast-paced installation and execution between the early summer months until December 2016. Once completed the project of a total of 150 MW is expected to produce enough electricity to power over 30 000 homes in the Avignon regional Country of Quebec. It is the biggest wind farm project with First Nations participation in Quebec to date. The project was awarded a power purchase agreement in March 2014 and is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016.