Only one PV project to compete in Quebec’s 780 MW renewables tender


Canada-based power company Hydro-Quebec has revealed the bidders of two renewable energy tenders it launched in December 2021.

For a 300 MW tender for wind power, the utility received 11 project proposals with a combined capacity of 2.1 GW, while for a 480 MW procurement exercise for renewable electricity the company received 13 projects totaling 2.1 GW.

Of the submitted projects, only one is relying on PV technology — a 40 MW solar park under development by Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc (Stace) and planned to be located in Bas Saint Laurent, with completion scheduled for October 2026.

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Selected projects will have to begin delivering power to the grid by the end of 2026 under long-term power purchase agreements.

Under the 2030 energy policy, Quebec’s government is targeting a 40% reduction in the amount of petroleum products consumed; the elimination of thermal coal use; a 25% increase in the share of renewable energy in total energy production; and a 50% increase in bioenergy production.

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