SaskPower transitioning to purchasing green energy from MLTC is essential to protecting the environment, creating more sustainable communities and building a cleaner future. This project will boost regional economic growth, peak interest and serve as a model for communities across Saskatchewan looking to transition to renewable energy.
SaskPower’s Generation Partner Program
The Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s (MLTC) solar energy farm was initiated as a result of SaskPower’s Power Generation Partner Program (PGPP) which was announced in the fall of 2018. SaskPower’s PGPP supports the development of new, small renewable and carbon neutral non-renewable energy projects throughout Saskatchewan. The PGPP supports the generation of electricity using a qualified energy resource and the sale of all of the electricity produced back to SaskPower. The PGPP provides streamlined project opportunities across Saskatchewan in areas of high priority to SaskPower. The PGPP has a maximum allowable project size of 1 MW for renewable projects such as solar energy. MLTC was a successful applicant during the first round of intake applications and was awarded a solar project generating a maximum of 816 kW of electricity. This small 100% Indigenous-owned solar power generation project is a first step for MLTC towards engaging larger renewable energy projects in Saskatchewan which will directly improve the economic outcomes for the ultimate recipients of the project – the nine (9) member-First Nations comprising the Meadow Lake Tribal Council
The objective of MLTC’s solar energy farm is to create and supply to SaskPower 816 kW of renewable solar electricity for 20 years. In addition, financial benefits generated by the solar project will contribute to achieving MLTC’s broader mandate of enhancing member communities’ economic development and wellness.
How Do We Do It
The plan is to bring this project to completion by late fall 2023. The location of the installation was strategically situated in the RM of Tecumseh about 125 km southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan and located on MLTC-affiliated First Nation land. The solar regime (photovoltaic potential) at this location is the best in Canada. The installation will include 3,000 bifacial solar modules to be installed on a fixed-tilt, ground-mounted racking system. The ultimate recipients of the financial benefits of the solar farm will be the Indigenous youth and families of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council located in northwest Saskatchewan.