Cowessess First Nation commissions 10-MW solar park in Saskatchewan
The Cowessess Renewable Energy Storage Facility, located on reserve land in Saskatchewan. Source: Cowessess Ventures Ltd (www.cowessessventures.com).
Awasis Solar LP, a project vehicle that is 95%-owned by the Cowessess First Nation, has commissioned an Indigenous-led and government-backed solar project of 10 MW in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
The commissioning was celebrated on Wednesday and was attended by Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, who unveiled that the government had supported the construction of the project financially with CAD 18.5 million (USD 13.8m/EUR 13.7m) in grants.
The Awasis Solar plant is located on Cowessess land at the site of the existing Cowessess Renewable Energy Storage Facility, a hybrid facility made up of one commercial wind turbine, a solar field and batteries.
The Cowessess First Nation holds its majority stake in the asset through Awasis Nehiyawewin Energy Development LP (ANEDLP). The remaining 5% interest is owned by Elemental Energy but ANEDLP has the option to take full ownership after five years of commercial operation.