McDowell Lake First Nation joins a growing number of remote First Nations in Ontario’s far north, which are going green. A team of McDowell community members trained and supervised by NCC Development and Solar Logix installed a 10 kW roof top solar system with a battery solution on the new band office. The new system generates enough electricity to power a community freezer and fridge, as well lights in the band office.
Chief Vontaine Keno is happy with the results. “Bringing solar power to McDowell Lake is the first major accomplishment of the new Council. Together as a First Nation, we took a giant step forward. This is a proud moment for all of the people of McDowell Lake First Nation.”
NCC CEO Geordi Kakepetum is also pleased with the results in McDowell Lake. “Before this solar install there was no refrigeration. Community members would have to cut ice in the winter and store it for use in the summer. It was hard work. Solar power will have the biggest impact on the young people and the Elders,” he said.
McDowell Lake First Nation joins Deer Lake, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake and Fort Severn, which also have rooftop solar systems in their communities. The largest solar system installed by NCC Development is on the roof of the Deer Lake Elementary School. It is a 152 kW system.
The next major install will take place in Fort Severn First Nation - a 300 kW solar / 300 kW storage system with a controller solution. Gateway solar systems are planned by NCC Development in Poplar Hill, Muskrat Dam, and Weenusk First Nations later this year.
McDowell Lake Chief and Council and friends at official opening of the 10 kW solar system install on the new band office. The system which includes a battery solution generates enough electricity to power a community fridge and freezer and lights and electrical outlets in the band office. Left to Right: Ida James, Albert James, Councillor Lois James, Chief Vontaine Keno, Councillor Cheryl Lawson, Eli James, Margaret Lawson.