Carleton wind farm granted provincial government authorization
CARLETON-SUR-MER, QUE-Cartier Wind Energy has received a ministerial decree from the Quebec government for the Carleton wind farm, following a thorough environmental assessment process. This will allow Cartier to begin construction of the wind farm once all permits and approvals are obtained. The company, a partnership of TransCanada Corporation and Innergex II Income Fund, will supervise the installation of the 73 wind turbines at a site about six kilometres from Carleton-sur-Mer. The wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 109.5 megawatts (MW) and should be ready for commercial operation by December 2008. The $170-million Carleton wind farm is the third project to be developed following Hydro-Quebec's first wind energy call for tenders in 2004. Cartier, based in Longueuil, won 740 MW in wind energy projects as a result of that first call for projects to be developed between 2006 and 2012.