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Saskatchewan’s Ocean Man First Nation has partnered with New York-based Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure (GSI) to build and operate one of Canada’s largest solar facilities.
SaskPower announced that it had selected Iyuhána Solar LP (a partnership between GSI, Saturn Power and Ocean Man) to build a 100 megawatt solar facility seven kilometres southwest of Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan, Sask.
Ocean Man holds a 10 per cent ownership stake in the project – with the partnership guaranteeing a share of employment and economic spinoffs for the First Nation.
“It’s going to benefit us first and foremost by employment. Anyone who wants to work will be able to work,” Chief Connie Big Eagle told CTV News.
The community is currently working with several educational institutions to coordinate training for its prospective workforce.
“They’ll gain skills and training and then of course, the revenue that comes in from it will be helpful to Ocean Man First Nation for years to come,” Big Eagle explained.