SkyPower now has plans to develop a number of utility scale solar PV projects in Ontario after the company inked an agreement with the Sachigo Lake First Nation. The two jointly filed proposals under Ontario’s large renewable procurement program.
"SkyPower's clean energy partnership with Sachigo Lake First Nation will create jobs and strengthen the local economy," said Kerry Adler, president and CEO at SkyPower. "Our track record of working together in mutual respect with Indigenous communities is a testament to our sustainable economic innovation.”
"Sachigo Lake First Nation has gained access to enter the renewable energy market in Ontario and the opportunity to participate financially in a program that will provide long-term benefits for our community," added Titus Tate, Chief of Sachigo Lake First Nation.
The Ontario Ministry of Energy, in its latest progress report on commitments issued shortly after COP21, prioritized the involvement of First Nation and Métis communities in new generation and transmission projects, as well as in conservation and community energy planning initiatives.
SkyPower is aligned with Ontario's mandate and has led by example in developing utility-scale solar energy projects in partnership with Indigenous communities including Fort William First Nation, which is one if the first utility-scale solar parks to be operational on First Nation land in North America.
This project was one of 24 power purchase agreements SkyPower has been awarded in Ontario for a total of over 300 MW.