Henvey Inlet First Nation (HIFN) is poised not only to provide energy to fellow aboriginals but also is at the brink of prosperity from the same efforts, the aboriginal group said.
HFIN’s power corporation snagged a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) contract by Ontario, the First Nation announced on February 24. The Ontario Power Authority approved 40 large-scale renewable energy projects, including solar, wind and water, representing more than 872 megawatts, the press release said.
HIFN’s Nigig Power Corp. will produce 300 megawatts through its wind farm project, enough annually to power about 70,000 homes.
“Our project team has worked diligently for the past two years for the project to arrive at this point,” said Henvey Inlet First Nation Chief Wayne McQuabbie. “It’s a monumental moment for our First Nation to be awarded such a large-scale project.”
Nigig Power Corporation president Ken Noble called it a “major milestone for our First Nation. We’re now ready to choose a world class developer. Because of the magnitude of the project, we’ll also be preparing our community for prosperity.”
The First Nation lies on about 20,000 acres along the shores of Georgian Bay, three hours north of Toronto. The 650-member First Nation, including 175 who live on the reserve, is a member community of the Anishinabek Nation.
The Nigig Power Corporation wind farm project will boost the local economy both by creating jobs and with the ripple effect throughout ancillary businesses, the company said. Henvey Inlet First Nation is proud to be a part of Ontario’s commitment to the environment through the province’s Clean Energy Act. The First Nation hopes to start construction in 2012.
“I can see a great future for our community, which includes cleaner air for our children and all Ontarians,” said McQuabbie.