The Charlevoix region is well positioned to be the first to host the first-ever geoLAGON in Quebec, as the dossier is “very, very, very advanced,” says its promoter.
Announced in early June last year, the imposing $300 million project to be built in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François includes 300 semi-rental chalets and a 120,000 square meter geothermal lagoon.
The water is heated to 38°C twelve months a year.
“I personally think that the Charlevoix sector, which is a World Biosphere Reserve, is the best place to build the first village, to demonstrate everywhere that it’s possible,” stresses project promoter Louis Massicotte, adding that 70 % of homes sold so far have been in advance sales.
“It will depend on how quickly the municipalities can give us the permits. We must finish all studies. It’s very, very, very progressive in Charlevoix. It is very advanced in Sainte-Adèle. […] I would tell you there is a pretty good chance it will be in Charlevoix and I would like that because the symbol and the message we can send to the attractions industry is very important. »
Louis Massicotte, Promoter
According to Mr Massicotte, the project will have “a significant potential energy surplus” that “could be put at the service of the community”.
“The whole village will produce more energy than it consumes. »
The businessman says he has not yet entered into negotiations with Hydro-Québec but is open to discussions.
“If we are going to be out between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. in the morning, which is a peak time for Hydro-Québec, we might consider the possibility of proposing to Hydro-Québec that we use our surpluses for the surrounding community, a – he cited as an example. I was told that the network often needs surpluses in the regions [d’électricité]. »
Additionally, an Icelandic group interested in the Quebec company’s technology will invest $25 million in the adventure.
The announcement of the Charlevois project in early June “appeared all over the world”, particularly in media specializing in geothermal energy, Mr Massicotte recalls.
This technology could now be transferred to Iceland, a country long known for its geothermal lagoons.
“The 25 million will allow us to implement the Canadian expansion plan and identify an initial location where we will be able to create a geoLAGON in Iceland. We discussed the possibility of planning it between the airport and the capital, Reykjavik. »