Renewable energy in Quebec will power greenhouse
By Treena Hein
Innoventé Inc. has announced the construction of its second green energy plant, which will use its patented technology to combust forest and pulp-and-paper residues. The plant will generate electricity for 10,000 people and enough heat to meet the needs of a one-hectare greenhouse.
The company’s press release states that this Trois-Rivières plant’s entry into service will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly and contribute to the Quebec government’s objectives with respect to climate change.
The announcement of this plant in follows the company’s signing of a 25-year contract with Hydro-Québec to produce 8.8 MW of electricity.
The contract, valued at approximately $255 million, is the second such agreement with the provincial utility for this Quebec-based producer of green energy. The first involves Innoventé’s St-Patrice-de-Beaurivage facility located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which will be launched in a few weeks.
The Trois-Rivières plant represents a $30 to $35-million investment and will lead to the creation of 40 jobs when it enters into service in spring 2015. The construction phase, which will begin in autumn 2013 in the Hautes-Forges industrial park, will create employment for about 100 workers.
“This new contract with Hydro-Québec sends a clear message that our Company is beginning to grow,” states Richard Painchaud, President of Innoventé. “We have shown that our technology is effective and economically viable for energy production and also for managing residual organic matter, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With this solution, everybody wins.”
Hydro-Québec will pay 10.6 cents per kWh, indexed on an annual basis, for electricity generated by Innoventé’s Trois-Rivières plant.