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.
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
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
"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
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."
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
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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