Why choose Lac-Mégantic ?

Lac-Mégantic is the ideal site for this innovative project:

  • The development of an entirely new downtown area offers significant advantages from a technical perspective.
  • The vision of a downtown rebuilt based on sustainable development principles is perfectly aligned with the spirit of the project.
  • The region’s commitment will help ensure the active participation of the entire community.

What does the project involve?

  • About 30 buildings
  • About 2,000 electricity-generating solar panels
  • Batteries able to store up to 1 MWh of energy
  • The project will be enhanced as technologies evolve and based on the development of the downtown area.

What is a microgrid?

Microgrids are community-centered initiatives to meet local users’ needs. They may feature a range of components, such as solar panels, energy storage units and tools for managing building’ energy use. They can be connected to Hydro‑Québec’s main grid or function independently.

The Lac-Mégantic microgrid will be adapted to the municipality’s reality and will evolve as the downtown area is redeveloped.

Why is Hydro‑Québec taking on the challenge of developing a microgrid?

The Lac-Mégantic microgrid is a major step in Hydro‑Québec’s energy transition and technological evolution. It will be a living technological development project in the center of downtown Lac-Mégantic, using cutting-edge energy technologies.

For Hydro‑Québec, the project will provide an opportunity to assess how the new technologies could help the company pursue its mission more efficiently:

  • Reduce peak power purchases;
  • Ensure service continuity;
  • Avoid grid-investment costs;
  • Reduce the operating costs of its off-grid systems.

The work conducted as part of Hydro‑Québec’s technology development projects stands to contribute to the development of new products and services for customers.

What are the advantages of the microgrid for customers?

The potential advantages for customers are as follows:

  • Lower power consumption
  • Greater comfort
  • Uninterrupted service at all times to certain buildings

Why invest in solar power when the energy generated on Hydro‑Québec’s main grid is already green?

With the Lac-Mégantic microgrid, Hydro‑Québec will enhance its expertise in the areas of solar power integration, energy storage and demand-side management. This expertise will be used, in part, to convert Hydro‑Québec’s 22 off-grid systems, where fossil fuels are used to generate electricity.

When will the work begin?

The initial work is expected to be carried out in 2018. After that, further work will be done as the downtown area is developed.

Will customers still have electricity during outages?

It will be possible to maintain electricity service to certain buildings. However, this will not be possible for the entire microgrid.

How will participants be affected?

They should not be affected and will continue to receive the same service as before. However, by maximizing the use of demand-side management tools, some customers may reduce their electricity consumption without sacrificing comfort.

When will the microgrid be in operation?

At the end of 2020.