The community recently received a $5,000 grant from Honor the Earth’s Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative to help move the project along. Kakekaspan said the money will help with a study to determine where the windmills should go.
Northwestern Ontario community hopes solar will power school, freeing up energy for five new homes
Deer Lake recently completed the largest solar project undertaken in the Sioux Lookout zone by installing a solar power system in the community’s elementary school.
In 2012, Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), a Band Council representing six First Nations in Northern Ontario, approached Canadian Solar for a solution to reduce their dependency on diesel fuel and to increase their energy supply in a manner which they can afford.
An article from the Wawatay News about the groundbreaking project completed in Deer Lake.
Canadian Solar revealed the completion of the first diesel hybrid PV system in the remote microgrids in northern Ontario, Canada. The 152kW rooftop solar array on the Deer Lake First Nation Elementary School, completed by Canadian Solar with its supplier partners, is the first project under the strategic partnership with NCC Development, LP, a First Nation renewable energy management company, in a commitment to use renewable energy microgrid solutions to assist the energy needs of off-grid First Nations and remote communities.