MONTREAL — Quebec-based Boralex Inc. has announced the commercial commissioning of its 16-megawatt Yellow Falls hydroelectric station located on the Mattagami River about 20 kilometres south of the town of Smooth Rock Falls in northern Ontario
The station comprises two eight-megawatt turbines connected to a water intake, a concrete dam, water discharge facilities, two inflatable weirs and related infrastructure on the river, a Nov. 14 release stated.
The energy generated will be sold through a price-indexed power purchase agreement with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator for a period of 40 years. Almost 100 workers were on site when construction was at its peak.
The firm said it worked closely with the local Mattagami First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation as well as well as the town of Smooth Rock Falls in developing the project.
“It’s with great pride that we are officially commissioning our very first hydroelectric station in Ontario,” stated Patrick Decostre, vice-president and COO of Boralex, in the release. “I would like to congratulate all the teams who worked on this project, which diversifies our assets in this province and strengthens our position as a leader in the renewable energy field in Canada.”