Six Nations finalizes wind energy projects

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

OHSWEKEN – Six Nations and two wind power companies are working on the last projects to be brought on stream under the Ontario government’s original green energy program.

In the first project, Six Nations council has authorized Elected Chief Coun. Ava Hill to sign a capacity funding agreement with Dufferin Wind Power Inc. to build 91.4-megawatt project called the Dufferin Wind Farm in Melancthon Township in Dufferin County.

Council has authorized the signing of a capacity funding agreement with Grand Valley 2 Limited Partnership for the Grand Valley Wind Farm – Phase 3. That will allow for the building of a 40-megawatt addition to the wind farm.

Grand Valley is along the Grand River in the upper reaches of the Haldimand Tract.

The parties have been working for years on the necessary approvals for the two separate projects from the Ontario Power Authority under the Feed In Tariff program.

Lonny Bomberry, director of Six Nations land and resources, said that with the in-principle agreements signed, the parties will work on the specifics of the funding arrangements, including the percentage share of ownership and revenue each will take, and the method of financing.

It could take several months yet before those details are settled.

The agreements come on the strength of a clause in the FIT program that gives preference to projects that have a minimum 10% aboriginal partnership.

“The potential for revenue for us is very good,” said Bomberry.

“We are building a record of success with these kinds of big FIT projects.”

Six Nations is not likely to see any more projects of the size contemplated in the two agreements, said Bomberry. The FIT and microFIT regulations have changed to prefer smaller projects with community approval and localized financing.

Other wind projects with Six Nations participation include the 25-megawatt Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm just outside Norwich; the 10-megawatt Port Ryerse Wind Farm; the McKenzie Meadows development in Caledonia; Brantgate Solar Farm partnership with Brant county; Next Era Summer Haven; Grand Renewable Energy Park (the Samsung partnership); and First Solar Walpole Project.

 

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