New solar power plant named after Hydro-Quebec’s first woman engineer – Montreal
A new step has been taken by the Quebec public utility, Hydro-Quebec. The company unveiled the addition of two new solar power plants to its grid.
It is the first time that a utility company has used solar panels to provide electricity to its customers.
And one, the La Prairie solar power plant, is named after Gabrielle Bodis, the first female engineering graduate from École Polytechnique and the first engineer to work at Hydro-Québec in a predominantly male industry.
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“She was a real pioneer. And frankly, it’s very moving for me personally and for the entire Hydro-Québec team, ”said Sophie Brochu, CEO of Hydro-Québec at a press conference Monday morning.
The station’s appointment deeply touched Bodis’ goddaughter.
“I was a little in tears when all of this happened. She was a very special person to me, but I didn’t realize how special she was to everyone, ”Victoria Naday told Global News.
Both stations use bifacial panels, allowing energy to be captured from both sides of the panels. The back of the solar panels will catch the light from the reflection of the sun on the snow during the winter.
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“Bifacial panels give us between five and twenty percent more energy,” Francis Labbé, spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec, told Global News.
The stations are capable of producing nearly 16 gigawatt hours of solar energy per year, the equivalent of the consumption of 1,000 residential customers.
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