Harper Government Supports Alderville First Nation Mega Solar Farm Project

ALDERVILLE FIRST NATION, ON, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is proud to support Alderville First Nation in the construction of the Alderville Solar Farm. The five-megawatt solar farm is the first alternative energy project in Canada to be 100% owned by a First Nation community and is expected to provide employment for 25 community members during the construction phase. This will also provide sustainable revenue as well as ongoing employment once operational.

Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, joined Alderville Chief James Marsden for a tour of the solar farm facilities today.

Quick Facts

  • The 2,300 solar panels will cover 45 acres of the property and the project could generate more than $56 million in revenue for the community over 20 years.
  • The Government of Canada contributed $1.25 million towards this groundbreaking project.
  • The Community Economic Opportunities Program provides project-based support to those First Nation and Inuit communities that have the best opportunities for public services in economic development.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to increasing economic development opportunities for all First Nations; that's why we are pleased to support this major initiative. Our Government is pleased to support this major initiative that is expected to provide sustainable revenues and provide employment for Alderville First Nation. This project represents a source of great pride and economic opportunity for the community."

Bernard Valcourt 
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

"From the start, I have watched with eager anticipation as the members of Alderville First Nation embarked on this tremendous journey to construct the mega solar farm, a first of its kind in Canada. Your passion and determination to see this project through from start to finish is truly inspiring."

Rick Norlock
Member of Parliament, Northumberland-Quinte West

"We are proud of our renewable energy project, which will bring a sustainable revenue stream to our community.  At the same time this project will allow this community to contribute to Canada's economy now and in the future."

Chief James Marsden
Alderville First Nation

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