Bow Lake Wind Facility Starts Operation
Calgary, Alberta – September 29, 2015 – Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership (together “Nodin Kitagan”) announced today that the Bow Lake Wind Facility (Bow Lake) is now operational. Nodin Kitagan is a partnership between Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways (BFN) and BluEarth Renewables Inc. (BluEarth). It represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada.
Located approximately 80 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Bow Lake’s 36, General Electric wind turbines have a nameplate capacity of approximately 60 megawatts (MW) – providing enough clean, renewable energy to power approximately 15,000 Ontario homes. The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator.
“Commissioning the Bow Lake Wind Facility is a key milestone for BluEarth. This project is an example of how First Nations and the private sector can work collaboratively to create new, sustainable and high-quality jobs in Ontario,” said Grant Arnold, BluEarth’s President & CEO.
Over 600,000 person-hours of construction work were created by the project, of which over 97% was provided by Ontario residents. The project has also generated considerable investment in the local and regional economies.
“It’s a win-win situation for everyone in the area. Batchewana is open for business and we are injecting millions into the local and provincial economy.” added Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation.
“With over 4,000 MW of installed capacity, Ontario is Canada’s leader in clean wind energy. New wind energy developments like the Bow Lake Wind Facility will help supply clean energy for Ontario both today and in the future, while also providing new economic development opportunities for local communities and First Nations,” added Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association.
About Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnerships
BFN and BluEarth formed partnerships to develop of the Bow Lake Wind Project through establishment of Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership in 2012. Bow Lake was developed by the partners through their respective general partners Shongwish Nodin Kitagan GP Corp. and Shongwish Nodin Kitagan 2 GP Corp. This relationship represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada.
About Batchewana First Nation
BFN is a self-supporting, self-reliant, sovereign First Nation where individuals share a strong cultural identity based on a deep understanding of who they are and a clear sense of continuity with their cultural roots. BFN’s reserve communities have truly come together and whose members have a strong sense of self-esteem, respect for each other and who work together for the betterment of all.
About BluEarth Renewables Inc.
Headquartered in Calgary, BluEarth is a private independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction and operation of wind, water, and solar projects. With one of the most experienced renewable energy development teams in Canada, BluEarth’s mission is to be the renewable energy leader by developing, building, and operating a portfolio that optimizes people, planet, and profit. BluEarth believes it has the power to change the futureTM by demonstrating how to be sustainable and profitable, leaving the world a better place. For more information, visit bluearth.ca or follow us on twitter @BERenewables.
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