THUNDER BAY, ONT. — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced it is co-ordinating a project with the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA)/Gull Bay First Nation in northwestern Ontario to introduce a microgrid system using solar power, battery storage and grid technology to help reduce diesel use at KZA.
The project will reduce diesel use by approximately 110,000 litres each year, said a recent media statement.
OPG announced it will manage the contractors and oversee the development, design, procurement, regulatory processes, construction, integration and commissioning of the microgrid. Construction is expected to start this spring and be complete by the end of the year. Once operational, KZA will own and operate the microgrid.
“The Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek solar microgrid project reflects our peoples’ connection with the land, and our responsibility as caretakers on behalf of all living things for seven generations,” commented Chief Wilfred King in the statement. “The microgrid project is a game-changer, as Canada’s first fully integrated solar energy-storage system in a remote communi
Past OPG partnerships with First Nations include working with the Lac Seul First Nation to build the Lac Seul Generating Station (GS) in northwest Ontario, Taykwa Tagamou Nation to build the Peter Sutherland Senior GS on New Post Creek in northeast Ontario and Moose Cree First Nation on the $2.8-billion Lower Mattagami River Project, said the statement.
OPG partnered with the Six Nations Development Corporation, an independent economic development corporation established by the Six Nations Band Council, to develop a solar power plant on its former Nanticoke Generation Station site on Lake Erie. OPG and the Six Nations Development corporation were selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to develop a 44 MW Solar Facility at its former Nanticoke Generation Station, building and operating up to a 44 megawatts alternating current (MWAC) solar electricity generation facility at the closed Nanticoke site.