Energy & Power
Alderville First Nation 5MW solar farm receives $1.25M boost
By Alyssa Dalton
March 25, 2014 – The Alderville First Nation solar farm project—which claims to be Canada’s first alternative energy project fully owned by a First Nation community—is one step closer to completion after a $1.25 million boost from the government.
Featuring 2300 solar panels on 45 acres of property, the Ontario solar farm will create 25 community jobs during its construction phase. It is estimated to generate more than $56 million in revenue for the community over 20 years.
“We are proud of our renewable energy project, which will bring a sustainable revenue stream to our community. At the same time this project will allow this community to contribute to Canada’s economy now and in the future,” added Chief James Marsden, Alderville First Nation.
The federal funding is part of the Community Economic Opportunities Program, which provides project-based support to “those First Nation and Inuit communities that have the best opportunities for public services in economic development”.
“From the start, I have watched with eager anticipation as the members of Alderville First Nation embarked on this tremendous journey to construct the mega solar farm, a first of its kind in Canada,” said Rick Norlock, MP Northumberland-Quinte West. “Your passion and determination to see this project through from start to finish is truly inspiring.”