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Hydro-Quebec launches first two solar plants

Hydro-Quebec launches first two solar plants
HYDRO-QUEBEC—Gabrielle-Bodis generating station in La Prairie, Que. has an installed capacity of eight megawatts.

MONTREAL—Hydro-Quebec has commissioned its first two solar generating stations with the Gabrielle-Bodis generating station in La Prairie and Robert-A.-Boyd station in Varennes inaugurated June 21.

The generating stations have a combined installed capacity of 9.5 megawatts and will be able to generate close to 16 gigawatt-hours of solar power annually, equivalent to the consumption of 1,000 residential customers.

The Gabrielle-Bodis station, site of the old La Citiere thermal generating station in La Prairie, has a footprint of 150,000 square metres with an installed capacity of eight megawatts and an annual output of 13 gigawatt hours. The plant has 2,600 solar panels, of which 4,200 were manufactured in Quebec.

The Boyd generating station, located on the site of Hydro-Quebec’s research institute in Varennes, covers 56,000 square metres and has an installed capacity of 1.5 megawatts. The station features 4,600 panels and will have an annual output of 2.6 gigawatt-hours.

“I am very proud that the generating station in La Prairie pays tribute to Gabrielle Bodis,” stated Sophie Brochu, president and CEO of Hydro-Quebec, in a statement. “She was the very first woman to earn an engineering degree from Polytechnique Montreal and she worked for Hydro-Quebec for over 35 years.”

Robert Boyd was a former president and CEO of Hydro-Quebec and led the development of hydroelectric power in the James Bay region.

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