Ribbon cutting for FNPA's first solar project
- | November 26, 2014
This solar photovoltaic power generation endeavor is FNPA’s first Strategic Off‐Grid and Renewables (SOAR) demonstration project. It includes partners from the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Lockheed Martin Canada, FHQ Developments, The City of Swift Current, and the Government of Saskatchewan.
“This project is uniquely aligned with FHQ Development’s strategic goals and we are excited to be part of this partnership opportunity,” said Christopher Adams, FHQ Developments General Manager. “The Project is reflective of our shared commitment to partnership and collaboration, conservation and environmental sustainability, technology innovation, and economic development.”
First Nations Power Authority CEO, Leah Nelson Guay, said “We are thrilled that Lockheed Martin Canada is investing in renewable energy technology with its patented Tilt‐Axis Roll Tracker. Together, our teams have worked effectively to ensure the strength of the system and its ability to withstand the consistently high winds for which Southwest Saskatchewan is well known,” Nelson Guay said.
Lockheed Martin’s advanced solar technology offers a solution specifically equipped for Canada’s climate challenges. “Success of this project will support a platform for future FNPA energy projects in our country,” Nelson Guay continued. “It will provide us with valuable data about solar energy performance and how our communities can adopt renewable technology to improve our carbon footprint.”
The solar demonstration project is expected to provide approximately 26,440 kWh/year of renewable energy to the local area and represents a reduction of CO2 equivalent of 21 metric tonnes/year.