An agreement between SaskPower and First Nations Power Authority (FNPA), the province’s Indigenous-governed not-for-profit utility corporation, will see $85 million worth of First Nations-led solar projects that will generate 20 megawatts of power to the provincial gird. The project, which is expected to be stretched over the next 20 years, is part of SaskPower’s goal to add 60 megawatts of solar power across the province by 2021.
“The opportunity is for (First Nations) to bring a project together and bring it to commercial operation in the future,” said Mike Marsh, president and CEO of SaskPower. “For their communities and for future generations I think it’s very important for them to be involved in this.”
FNPA CEO Guy Lonechild said renewable energy aligns with First Nations philosophy.
“Indigenous people are natural stewards of the land,” said Lonechild. “To live in harmony with Mother Earth and to create sustainable opportunities in the area of renewable energy is just a nice fit.”