THUNDER BAY – “This project is an excellent example of how our government’s Green Energy Act is providing opportunities for communities, businesses and other partners to undertake renewable energy projects across Northern Ontario,” states an ever enthusiastic Michael Gravelle, the Minister for Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.
With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the North Spirit Lake First Nation are assessing the viability of building a plant on Flanagan River located about 175 kilometres north of Red Lake. The study will determine site conditions, water level variations, plant capacity and energy production as well as assess costs and ecological benefits.
The remote First Nation is exploring the potential of developing a small hydroelectric generating station to modernize operations and reduce costs. The project aligns with the objectives of the Green Energy Act, which is part of the Open Ontario plan to embrace green technology and support community investments that lead to conservation and economic growth.
The NOHFC is providing $100,000 for this project under its Northern Energy Program, which helps northern organizations pursue clean alternatives and reduce demand on non-renewable energy sources.