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FNPA Awards Contract for Far North Solar Projects

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March 17, 2015

First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan Inc.
March 17, 2015



First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) announced today that Points Athabasca Contracting Limited Partnership (PACLP), in partnership with Solar Logix, has been awarded the contract for the turn-key design, supply and install of two solar power generation systems in Saskatchewan’s Far North at Father Megret Elementary School in Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation (HLDFN) and Father Gamache Memorial School in Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation (FDLDFN).

These two projects are designed to offset power consumption for each of the schools. HLDFN Chief Bart Tsannie said, “FNPA Solar Panels should help with the high cost of keeping the school operating for the year. It will be good to know how much we do save once these panels are in operation.”

Last year, FNPA along with its partners, FDLDFN and HLDFN, secured funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program to install two roof-mounted 64 kilowatt solar photovoltaic power systems. Additional funding for this project was also received from the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and AANDC’s Community Opportunity Readiness Program as well as from FNPA Strategic Partner Bullfrog Power. Bullfrog Power provides critical financing to support the development of new green energy projects across Canada. Both projects will also take advantage of SaskPower’s Net Metering Rebate program, which is in effect until November 30, 2016.

Through a competitive Request for Proposals, FNPA received seven proposals and worked closely with leadership at HLDFN and FDLDFN to make the final selection. The total cost of the project is $580,080 and installation is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

First Nations Power Authority CEO Leah Nelson Guay said, “These renewable power generation systems are important to First Nations communities to lower their power bills, increase the reliability of the electrical grid in remote areas and reduce their environmental footprint through reducing greenhouse gases. Also, the data obtained is incredibly important in assessing the potential for expanded solar power use in Canada’s north.”

For more information please contact:
Tracey Pascal, Membership and Communications Manager, FNPA

Additional Information

Points Athabasca Contracting Limited Partnership:
Points Athabasca Contracting is a diversified, Aboriginal-owned general contracting company, and since 1999, has built an impressive portfolio of high quality projects in a wide variety of areas. Their team of people and company depth provide successful delivery of services in the complex construction market. Points Athabasca’s vision is to be the premier Aboriginal contracting company proudly building capacity and regional prosperity and they are committed to working in partnership with their clients to design, build, operate, and maintain projects across Western Canada.

Solar Logix:
Solar Logix was founded in 2009 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with a desire to be at the forefront of the renewable energy sector. With six Solar Logix locations across Ontario (Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Oakville, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Hamilton) Solar Logix has become Ontario’s leading full service provider of OPA microFIT approved photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar arrays. They take pride in providing clean energy to homeowners, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and First Nations communities at affordable, industry leading pricing. With a team of solar professionals, they install systems to the highest standards while using the highest quality products available. The combination of talented staff and dedication to renewable energy has helped Solar Logix become a solar industry leader in Canada.



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