The government of Canada has announced that it will invest C$980,000 to enable the M'Chigeeng First Nation to construct the first phase of its Mother Earth Renewable Energy wind project.
Of the total, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will provide C$500,000 to support the construction and installation phase of the project. The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) will provide C$480,000 to support engineering and project management costs associated with the installation of the project's two wind turbines. The M'Chigeeng First Nation will contribute in excess of C$3 million to complete the project.
‘This initiative will allow the M'Chigeeng First Nation to be among the first Aboriginal communities in Ontario to embrace green power generation as a way to strengthen the local economy and position the community for long-term growth and prosperity,’ says Tony Clement, minister for FedNor.
The wind project will be built on 100 acres of land overlooking Lake Huron. At full capacity, the Enercon E-82 turbine units are expected to generate up to 4 MW of electricity total. Total energy production will be 10 GWh per year.
The First Nation will sell all power to Ontario Power Generation through a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract. Turbine installation is expected to begin in September, with completion slated for November.