“People are more enlightened about self-sufficiency and decentralized energy, and Fisher River is right at the leading edge of that.” Isaac also noted that the Fisher River solar farm could become a blueprint for other First Nations looking to generate renewable power. Electricity from the Fisher River solar project is being injected into Manitoba Hydro’s grid, and the project is a source of green electricity for Bullfrog Power, a Spark Power company. Sinclair says she believes the solar array and the skills in renewable technology being developed in Fisher River will be beneficial for the First Nation in the long run. The project’s focus is to generate revenue for the community. (Source: Fisher River Economic Development Corporation) WINNIPEG -- A seven acre solar power farm in Manitoba is officially up and running in Fisher River Cree Nation. David Isaac, who is Mi’kmaw and the owner of W Dusk Energy, sees renewable energy as an important priority for First Nations. The solar farm is not the first green energy project the community has undertaken, but it's the largest single installation. "And I said I have no idea right now … there's people [who] have different opinions on the solar farm, like some say we shouldn't have got it and others say it's going to benefit us, so it can work both ways. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. The 1-megawatt facility has almost 3,000 solar panels and was built by Indigenous employees. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Fisher River Cree Nation unveils Manitoba’s biggest solar farm, a source of Bullfrog Power’s green energy (PHOTO: Bullfrog Power Inc.) FISHER RIVER CREE NATION, Man. Fisher River Cree Nation is the first to build a … Required fields are marked *. "The focus of this particular project is revenue generation for the community," says David Crate, the chief of Fisher River. Candice Sinclair has been working in Fisher River's construction industry for 10 years, and she's one of 11 people who went through a one-week training program to learn to install the panels on the solar farm. In the future, Fisher River plans to further expand in renewable energy technology. This is an historic project, being the first Indigenous-owned, utility-scale solar farm in Canada and the largest solar project in Manitoba. We cover the world of manufacturing across all the sector’s industries, and we share stories that impact your business each day, providing news, in-depth articles and expert commentary. "It was the best paying job I've ever had," Sinclair says. "The future is upon us," Isaac says. This story is part of a CBC News series entitled In Our Backyard, which looks at the effects climate change is having in Canada, from extreme weather events to how it's reshaping our economy. "I'm hoping in the near future that we'll have across the country … a lot of green energy initiatives happening. “Congratulations to Fisher River Cree Nation on this shining achievement,” said Sean Drygas, president, Bullfrog Power. “This solar project is an important milestone in the advance of renewable energy in Canada, and we are honoured to support this community in making it a reality.”.
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