White Earth windpower
Wind power is coming to White Earth.
The tribal council has signed an agreement with TWN Wind Power of North Vancouver, British Columbia to supply and install two 40kW wind turbines.
They will be used to power the White Earth Community Service Center in Naytahwaush and the Ojibwa Building Supplies facility in Waubun.
"White Earth is thrilled," said Jerome Lhotka, White Earth Economic Development Director. "Not only to decrease our fossil fuel usage, energy dependence, and utility expense, but to do so in partnership with another tribe only adds to the excitement surrounding this venture ... We look forward to the commissioning of these two new machines adding to our green power initiatives yet this fall."
The 40kW G-3120 Endurance Wind Power small wind turbines are the first installation of their kind in Indian Country.
Although there are hundreds of installations of the 3120-series wind turbines in North America and the United Kingdom, these will be the first to be installed under agreements of tribal communities working together.
Distributed wind energy, which is commonly referred to as small and community wind, is the use of typically smaller wind turbines at schools, businesses, homes and public facilities to offset all or a portion of on-site energy consumption.
"I want to congratulate the White Earth Nation Tribal Council and everyone who worked to bring this agreement together," said Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "We see the wind power business as an entry point into our goals to partner with Tribal communities across North America."
The wind turbines will sit atop 140-foot towers and the projects are due to start construction this month, with completion by November.
The turbines will be connected to the electrical grid, and generate electricity for both buildings respectively.
"This is a great example of tribes working together in Indian Country," said Marc Soulliere, president & CEO of TWN Wind Power. "We are excited to have formed this relationship to further enable energy independence and environmental benefits for White Earth Nation."
TWN Wind Power is a wholly owned company of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation based in North Vancouver, BC.
As a First Nations company, they offer native communities throughout North America an opportunity to generate clean energy through "small wind" power and provide other energy-related services.
The tribe owns and operates seven businesses in the alternative energy, tourism, construction, real estate and retail sectors.