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Alberta First Nation makes big solar play with a West Coast connection – Vancouver Sun

Feb 01, 2023

Solar power presented the Athabasca Chipewyan Nation an opportunity to diversify its energy investments at the same time demand is rising for renewable power.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is about 1,000 km away from Highway 3 in southern Alberta, but couldn’t pass up the investment opportunities presented by solar-power developments along that province’s so-called transition corridor, with the help of a West Coast connection.

The Athabasca Chipewyan, partnered with Concord Pacific subsidiary Concord Green Energy, recently commissioned three solar-power farms in southern Alberta, a $145-million initial investment for the ACFN-Concord Solar Partnership.

“Being in the north, daylight hours are limited” for Athabasca Chipewyan communities, said Jason Schulz, executive director of strategic advisory services for the First Nation.

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