- A site map to a scale of 1:20,000 showing the future location of wind
farm, access roads, power lines, conversion stations, etc.
- A project timetable
- A description of measures taken to meet harmonization objectives and
criteria, where applicable
- Documents and reports requested in the letter of intent (agreement,
reports, studies, etc.)
- Required permits and certificates of authorization
- Any other relevant information
Developers are also responsible for presenting
their project to local authorities and organizations. The Department
will help them identify the organizations in question.
Once all conditions have been met to the Minister
satisfaction, the Department may grant the land rights required
for the project.
Selected bidders applying for land rights for public
lands must assume all expenses payable under the Regulation
respecting the sale, lease and granting of immovable rights on lands
in the domain of the State.
Granting of land rights
The minister may, at his discretion, grant the
selected bidders lease or other land rights for the construction
of wind farms. Bidders must be corporate bodies.
The cost of leasing public land for the erection of a wind farm is determined by the Government.
Beginning on April 1, 2009, the annual rent is calculated on the basis of the generating capacity of the wind turbine, at the rate of $5,187 per MW. However, under the first call for bids issued by Hydro-Québec for the supply of 1,000 MW of wind energy, the annual rent is:
- $1,763 for a 1 MW wind turbine;
- $2,489 for a 1.5 MW wind turbine;
- $3,008 for a 1.8 MW wind turbine;
- $3,319 for a 2 MW wind turbine;
- $4,149 for a 2.5 MW wind turbine.
These rates will be adjusted on April 1 each year to reflect the increase in the consumer price index.
Duration of land rights granted
The duration of the land right granted for the setting-up of wind farm can exceed of one year the duration of the sale contract of wind energy signed with Hydro-Québec. This duration begins the first day of the month following its signature .
In the event that the electricity purchase contract
between Hydro-Québec and the selected bidder ends prematurely,
the lease granting land rights will also be terminated upon written
notification from the minister.
Land rights granted may be renewed subject to the applicable program
conditions and regulations in effect at the time of renewal.
Land rights may be revoked if the bidder fails
to complete wind farm construction in accordance with the land use
plan within 24 months of signing the contract granting the
rights. However, the minister reserves the right to extend this
Land rights obtained through the provision of erroneous or fraudulent
information may be revoked by the minister.