Canada-based power company Hydro-Quebec has announced the completion of two solar parks with a combined capacity of 10 MW.
Construction on the two facilities, which are Quebec’s first operational PV plants, had started in the summer of 2019.
The plants have capacities of 7.5 MW and 2.5 MW and are planned to help Hydro-Quebec determine whether solar energy is well suited to Quebec’s climate, to its generation fleet, and to its transmission network. The power provider will also examine the relevance of this energy source in this predominantly hydroelectric territory and compare the performance of different technologies.
The 2.5 MW plant is located in Varennes, an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, and comprises 4,620 monofacial and bifacial panels, installed both on fixed structures and single-axis trackers.
The 7.5 MW facility is located in La Prairie, an off-island suburb of Montreal, and is equipped with 25,740 bifacial panels – including 4,316 products manufactured in Quebec – that are installed on fixed structures.