Nodin Kitagan LP and Nodin Kitagan 2 LP (collectively referred to as “Nodin Kitagan”) announced Sept. 29 that the 60-MW Bow Lake Wind Facility in Canada is now operational.
Nodin Kitagan is a partnership between Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways (BFN) and BluEarth Renewables Inc. It represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada.
Located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Bow Lake’s thirty-six General Electric wind turbines have a total nameplate capacity of approximately 60 MW. The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario’s 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 and CEO.
“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 of the 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 of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
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.