Building harmonious relationships with local stakeholders is an integral part of Boralex’s sustainable development approach. In fact, for all our facilities in operation and projects under development, we deploy the necessary means to promote social acceptability by the local population and stakeholders.
Our teams have a sustained presence in the field, using communication methods that are best adapted to the context and stakeholders. Each facility has its own section on the Boralex website, where interested parties can find continually updated and useful information. For projects under construction, we set up mechanisms to provide the public with progress updates on our work, record their concerns and answer their questions. These actions most commonly include holding public information sessions, sending out our Construction Info / Info-travaux newsletter, and setting up project-specific telephone lines and email addresses. In several cases, we also set up a Monitoring or Liaison Committee composed of local community and Boralex representatives.
All these actions are implemented together with the project teams to ensure that all dimensions of a project are taken into account, with full attention to stakeholder concerns and suggestions.
Meetings focused on open dialogue
In November 2017, the Boralex Meetings were held in Avignonet-Lauragais, Blendecques and Verrières (France) with elected officials from the municipalities hosting and adjacent to our wind farms, along with representatives of our partners, including WWF France. Our objective was to maintain a constructive dialogue between the various stakeholders in the region’s ongoing energy transition process. We covered a range of operational, regulatory and fiscal issues, among others, so that we all have a common vision of what harnessing wind power as an energy source really means. This second session of meetings was greatly appreciated by participants and helped strengthen ties for better dialogue on future actions.
Le Pelon Wind Farm Monitoring Committee
Under construction since September 2017, Le Pelon wind farm, located in central France, will comprise five wind turbines with an installed capacity of 10 MW. By setting up a Monitoring Committee from the outset, the key initiatives to pursue once the wind farm is operational were identified taking into account ongoing energy transition issues. These initiatives include revegetation, including hedgerows, new hiking trails, educational pathways and the installation of electric charging stations.
“The adventure began with a vision, and a lot of perseverance, creativity, teamwork and commitment. Today, Boralex leverages the incredible strengths of its employees to meet the challenges of renewable energy and sustainable development. Working for Boralex means working for the planet, and that’s a great source of pride and motivation!”
- Mario Geoffrey, Power Station Manager, Senneterre, Québec
For more information, please download our 2017 Annual Report.
Last updated: March 2018
Achievement award won by a Boralex employee
In April 2017, Adam Rosso, Director of Project Development in Ontario, received the Matt Holder Community Connection Award from the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). This award recognizes the efforts of a member of the Association who works hard to forge meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships with local communities in Canada.
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