The Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind facility is located approximately 50 kilometres south of Québec City in the mountainous Chaudière-Appalaches region of Québec. As part of the call for tenders launched by Hydro-Québec in 2013 with Pattern Canada and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada), the promoters of Mont Sainte-Marguerite (MSM) formed a partnership with municipalities of Saint-Sylvestre, Saint-Séverin and Sacré-Coeur-de-Jésus.
Entirely located on private land, the MSM project is mainly at the center of forestry (wood products) and agroforestry (sugar bushes). The Mont Sainte-Marguerite project was commissioned in March 2018 and will provide Hydro-Québec Distribution with electricity for the next 25 years, in accordance with the agreement signed by the two parties.
Capacity & Size
143 MW and 46 turbines, providing Hydro-Québec Distribution with electricity for the next 25 years to meet the annual consumption demand of more than 27,700 Quebec households.
$5,000 per megawatt installed on their territory is paid each year to participating local municipalities for the duration of the project (25 years)
Construction of Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind created 200 jobs and 12 on-site team members operate and maintain the facility.
The cost of the project is estimated at $ 275 million. Of this amount, at least 60% was spent in Quebec and at least 35% of the total amount in the eligible region, the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine administrative region.
The use of local and regional resources is prioritized so that the local region can make the most of direct and indirect economic benefits.
During the operational phase, the facility will continue to contribute to the local economy through royalties or compensation to municipalities, as well as landowners on whom wind turbines and other infrastructure will be built.
$ 5,000 per megawatt installed on their territory is paid each year to participating local municipalities for the duration of the project (25 years).
In the Community
With a forest of maple trees on our site, local families regularly flock to celebrate the trees’ sugars with music, dance, and taffy pulls. We sponsor community events, snowmobile trails and toboggan runs in winter, and ATV trails in summer. As many trails traverse our site, we also keep roads clear and safe year-round for local hunters and explorers.
The success of the Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm is the result of long-term collaboration with local municipalities. Pattern Canada has the experience of working directly with local communities and is committed to fostering communication with its local partners.
Community engagement is at the heart of Pattern Canada’s values, which continue to build strong relationships with landowners, communities, First Nations, business partners and clients. Pattern Canada regularly develops collaborative agreements with communities, allowing them to benefit from the benefits of the construction and operation of the wind farm.
The region is known for its maple syrup and sugar shacks or “cabanes à sucres,” and the facility site is no exception—the turbines are surrounded by producing maple trees on private land.
Pattern Canada is dedicated to protecting the environment, a concern at the heart of its commitment to develop and operate high quality renewable energy projects and strives to understand and minimize the impacts of its projects on the environment. wildlife and habitats.
Project Documents & Resources
Handouts and permit documents for Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind and links to resources to support and learn about the wind industry.