Global wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has installed its first 3 MW turbine in North America, the Senvion 3.2M114.
The new turbine has a rated output of 3.2 MW, a 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. It 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.
“Senvion's North American fleet is comprised of over 1100 MM92 turbines that have made us strong and successful across the continent” said Helmut Herold, CEO of Senvion in North America. “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.”
Troy Jerome, MMS Executive Director-Nutewistoq and MUWF Chair, added that the Senvion 3.2 MW turbine demonstrates MU’s ability to have a Nation to Nation relationship and to come together as Mi'gmaq people to step forward for the betterment of Mi'gmaq citizens.
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.