The Bow Lake Wind Project is located approximately 80 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario predominantly on Crown land. The site is in the District of Algoma, close to the eastern edge of Lake Superior and south of the Montreal River. The Project will have the capacity to generate up to 58.32 MW of clean renewable electricity using a total of 36 - 1.6 MW wind turbines.
Work on the Project has been ongoing for 5 years, including wind resource analysis, environmental and cultural features assessments, and turbine siting. Construction is expected to begin in 2014. The electricity generated by the Project will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) under 20-year contracts through the Ontario Feed-in-Tariff program.
In January 2013 the Batchewana First Nation and BluEarth Renewables announced their partnership in the development of the Bow Lake Wind Project. This relationship currently represents the largest economic partnership between an First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada. As a result of this partnership, going forward the project proponents are Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership (for Phase 1) and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership (for Phase 2), by their respective general partners Shongwish Nodin Kitagan GP Corp. and Shongwish Nodin Kitagan 2 GP Corp. The English name of the Project will continue to be Bow Lake Wind Farm, however the BFN know and refer to the Project as Chinodin Chigumi Nodin Kitagan. BluEarth Renewables is leading the development of the Project on behalf of the partnerships.