Batchewana First Nation opens historic wind farm, sets standard for economic development in First Nations

Batchewana First Nation has announced that as of this week the Bow Lake wind farm is now operational. A partnership between Bathchewana, and BluEarth Renewables Inc, the facility represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada.

“I want to acknowledge the leadership and vision of Chief Dean Sayers and the entire Council in Batchewana,” said Grand Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. “Economy building is critical to the future of our Nations, and this is a great example of how our communities can become leaders in resource development and clean energy.”

Located approximately 80 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, the Bow Lake wind farm features 36 wind turbines capable of generating 60 megawatts (MW) – enough clean, renewable energy to power 15,000 homes across Ontario.

The plant is selling its output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator.

“Batchewana has taken a leadership role in resource development for First Nations, and their model is one to be followed,” added Grand Chief Peters.