Hydro-Québec is a public utility that manages the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the Canadian province of Quebec, as well as the export of power to portions of the Northeast United States. It was established by the Government of Quebec in 1944 from the expropriation of private firms.
  • Hydro-Québec is a public utility that manages the electricity in Quebec.
  • Generating station in La Prairie will have an 8 MW capacity with 26,000 solar panels.
  • Generating station in Varennes will have a 1.5 MW capacity with 4,600 solar panels.

Montreal — Hydro-Québec will begin building solar generating stations in La Prairie and Varennes in spring 2020. Commissioning is scheduled for fall 2020.

This project will allow us to conduct the necessary tests to determine whether solar energy is well adapted to the Québec climate, to our generating fleet, and to our transmission system.

The two generating stations will have a combined annual generating capacity of close to 10 megawatts (MW), enough to supply about 600 residential customers. The generating stations will be located on land belonging to Hydro-Québec.

Québec companies will play a key role in this project. The contractor selected to build the generating stations is Borea Construction, a subsidiary of Pomerleau.

In addition, the Québec company Stace of Trois-Rivières will supply close to 4,000 solar panels for the generating station in La Prairie.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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