Canadian Utilities, an energy-infrastructure company, has joined forces with indigenous communities in a groundbreaking deal. The Chiniki and Goodstoney First Nations will become majority owners of the Deerfoot and Barlow Solar power projects, with a 51% ownership stake. This partnership is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the communities involved. Canadian Utilities, a subsidiary of Atco, will retain a 49% stake in the projects.
The Deerfoot and Barlow facilities, located in southeast Calgary, Alberta, are set to host a total of 175,000 solar panels. Once fully operational, these panels will generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 16,500 homes. The Barlow project, with a capacity of 27 megawatts, has already begun commercial operations this year. On the other hand, the 37-megawatt Deerfoot project is nearing completion, with commercial operations expected to commence in the third quarter.
This partnership not only signifies a step towards sustainable energy solutions but also showcases the importance of collaboration with indigenous communities in Canada’s renewable energy sector.
By Robb M. Stewart