58-MW Bow Lake wind project moves forward in Ontario

A limited partnership said Dec. 16 that it has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the 58-MW Bow Lake wind project, which is being developed together with the Batchewana First Nation and BluEarth Renewables.

Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership said that the Ministry of the Environment has granted a renewable energy approval for the project. The wind facility represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada, the partnership said in a news release.

Bow Lake is being developed in the district of Algoma, approximately 80 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario within the traditional territory of BFN. The wind turbines would be located near Lake Superior.

Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers said the tribe “couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.”

Once constructed, Bow Lake will generate enough renewable electricity for approximately 15,000 homes. Nodin Kitagan estimates that Bow Lake will employ approximately 80 people to construct the facility and once constructed, up to seven people will be required to operate the facility.

Bow Lake has reportedly been awarded a contract through an Ontario Power Authority solicitation.

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