The partners control the project in equal measure, each holding a 50% stake. In fact, the board of Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MU) Wind Farm, L.P. is made up of four representatives of the Mi’gmaq communities and four representatives of Innergex.
The Migmawei Mawiomi Secretariat (MMS) is an organization that represents the three Mi’gmaq communities located on the territory of Gespe’gewa’gi: Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj. An essential component of its mandate is to ensure community access to resources in order to benefit from economic growth.
For the three Mi’gmaq communities, the partnership with Innergex is the first agreement undertaken with an energy company, and its goal is to enable them to fully participate in local development of wind power.
Innergex, a leading independent renewable power producer based in Québec, oversaw the development and construction of the wind farm in partnership with the Mi’gmac First Nations of Québec, and will also be responsible for the operation. Innergex has broad experience in completing successful power projects with strong community integration. The company already owns and operates six wind farms in the Gaspé Peninsula and in the Lower St-Lawrence regions.
This project will generate profits of approximately $200 million for the Mi’gmaq over a 20-year period.
The project created many jobs for the Mi’gmaq. More than 300 workers engaged in the development and construction of the wind farm, 110 of them being from Mi’gmaq communities.
The project partners have agreed that Innergex will make an annual indexed contribution of $675,000 to the Avignon RCM, and it will set up an indexed social development fund of C$75,000 to be paid annually.
What’s more, the project will bring additional business to those manufacturers of wind farm components who are already established in the Gaspé Peninsula.