Canadian First Nation Partners with SkyPower in Wind Energy Project

Beardy’s and Okemasis, a First Nation community, and SkyPower have entered into an agreement to develop the Willow Cree Wind Project. The partners’ proposed plan includes developing a 100-megawatt (MW) wind park in Big Quill, a rural municipality near Wynyard, Saskatchewan.

The project currently encompasses approximately 12,000 acres of land and when built, could energy sufficient to power more than 30,000 homes annually. Beardy’s and Okemasis said that construction of the project could start as early as 2010.

“SkyPower is excited to have formed a partnership with Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation,” said Kerry Adler, president and CEO of SkyPower. “As SkyPower has demonstrated over the last five years, working with First Nations and local communities not only provides clean energy results, but also establishes more economic benefits directly in the region. We applaud Chief Gamble and the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation for taking this initiative and setting an example how First Nations and industry can make a difference.”

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