Innergex and Mi’gmaq of Quebec to partner on 150MW Gaspé wind farm
By Anthony Capkun
July 23, 2012 – Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. says it has concluded a partnership agreement for the development, financing, construction and operation of a 150MW (approx.) wind farm on the Gaspé Peninsula with the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi (the Mi’gmaq of Quebec).
The partners say this project corresponds perfectly with the Aboriginal wind energy program by Quebec Premier Jean Charest, which aims to include Aboriginal communities in the development and economic benefits of Quebec’s wind energy sector. This program was announced as part of a wind energy program and request for proposals totalling 700 MW.
“This project not only aims to produce renewable energy and consolidate the wind industry of Gaspé, it also constitutes a powerful leverage for the emancipation and the long-term socio-economic development of the three Mi’gmaq communities of Gaspé,” said Chief Claude Jeannotte, chair of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi. “This project could mark the beginning of a new era of prosperity for the Mi’gmaq of Quebec,” he added.
“Innergex has demonstrated a willingness and ability to develop long-term partnerships with Aboriginal communities across the country; partnerships that are mutually beneficial because they are based on common values and interests. We are happy to pursue this tradition with the Mi’gmaq Nation,” said Michel Letellier, president and CEO of Innergex.
The partners say they intend to submit the project under the Aboriginal wind energy program as soon as possible.