Bow Lake Wind Facility

Project Summary

The Bow Lake Wind Facility is located in Algoma district, close to the eastern edge of Lake Superior and south of the Montreal River in an area that has been, and continues to be, used for hydroelectric generation, mining and forestry.

Location: Approximately 80 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Resource: Wind
Technologies: 1.6 MW wind turbines
Nameplate Capacity: 58.32 MW
First Online: 2015
Power Sales: 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator

Batchewana First Nation is a full commercial partner with BluEarth Renewables on the Project, representing one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and wind energy developer in Canada. Learn more about this unique partnership in our video.

  • 36 – 1.62 MW wind turbines the capacity to generate 58.32 MW of renewable power
  • Located 80 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • The facility became operational in September 2015

Project Location

Project Site Map

Further Information
For further information about the Bow Lake Wind Facility email bowlakewind@bluearth.ca, call 1-844-214-2578.

The Project is classified as a Class 4 Wind Facility and required a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 359/09 (“O. Reg. 359/09”). On December 16, 2013 the MOE granted a REA for the Bow Lake Wind Project. The REA is posted on the Environmental Registry at www.ebr.gov.on.ca: Registry Number: 011-9127.

A copy of the Notice, supporting documentation and REA reports are posted below.

Project Description Report

Consultation Report

Amendment Modification Report

Construction Plan Report

Design and Operations Report

Renewable Energy Approval

Decommissioning Plan Report

Archeological and Heritage Resources, Tourism

Natural Heritage Assessment

Water Assessment and Water Body Report

Wind Turbine Specifications Report

Public Consultation

Project Newsletters

Disposition of Crown Land

Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) permits have been obtained during the development phase of the Project for investigative activities such as the installation of meteorological towers, and the undertaking of geotechnical investigations.

The Project will use, to the extent possible, public multi-use roads that have been approved under the Forest Management Planning (FMP) process to reduce the number of new roads required for construction. The FMP roads include existing multi-use roads and approved road locations that have yet to be constructed. Accordingly, approval for these roads have been obtained as part of the forest operator’s approved annual work schedule as part of their Sustainable Forest Management Plan.

As the Project is located predominantly on Crown land, it will require authorization from MNR for disposition of Crown land and to complete the construction work on Crown land. During the construction and operation phases, the Project will obtain all work permits, land use permits, leases, licences of occupation, and easements as required by MNR.

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Bow Lake Wind Facility Starts Operation

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Calgary, Alberta – September 29, 2015 – Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership (together “Nodin Kitagan”) announced today that the Bow Lake Wind Facility (Bow Lake) is now operational.  Nodin Kitagan is a partnership between Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways (BFN) and BluEarth Renewables Inc. (BluEarth). It represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada.

Located approximately 80 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Bow Lake’s 36, General Electric wind turbines have a nameplate capacity of approximately 60 megawatts (MW) – providing enough clean, renewable energy to power approximately 15,000 Ontario homes. The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator.

“Commissioning the Bow Lake Wind Facility is a key milestone for BluEarth. This project is an example of how First Nations and the private sector can work collaboratively to create new, sustainable and high-quality jobs in Ontario,” said Grant Arnold, BluEarth’s President & CEO.

Over 600,000 person-hours of construction work were created by the project, of which over 97% was provided by Ontario residents.  The project has also generated considerable investment in the local and regional economies.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone in the area. Batchewana is open for business and we are injecting millions into the local and provincial economy.” added Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation.

“With over 4,000 MW of installed capacity, Ontario is Canada’s leader in clean wind energy. New wind energy developments like the Bow Lake Wind Facility will help supply clean energy for Ontario both today and in the future, while also providing new economic development opportunities for local communities and First Nations,” added Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association.

About Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnerships

BFN and BluEarth formed partnerships to develop of the Bow Lake Wind Project through establishment of Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership in 2012. Bow Lake was developed by the partners through their respective general partners Shongwish Nodin Kitagan GP Corp. and Shongwish Nodin Kitagan 2 GP Corp. This relationship represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada.

About Batchewana First Nation

BFN is a self-supporting, self-reliant, sovereign First Nation where individuals share a strong cultural identity based on a deep understanding of who they are and a clear sense of continuity with their cultural roots. BFN’s reserve communities have truly come together and whose members have a strong sense of self-esteem, respect for each other and who work together for the betterment of all.

About BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Headquartered in Calgary, BluEarth is a private independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction and operation of wind, water, and solar projects. With one of the most experienced renewable energy development teams in Canada, BluEarth’s mission is to be the renewable energy leader by developing, building, and operating a portfolio that optimizes people, planet, and profit. BluEarth believes it has the power to change the futureTM by demonstrating how to be sustainable and profitable, leaving the world a better place. For more information, visit bluearth.ca or follow us on twitter @BERenewables.

For more information, contact:

Ameera Shivji
Lead, Communications
BluEarth Renewables Inc.
(403) 668-1575 x422 (w)
(403) 804-7795 (m)
ameera@bluearth.ca

Bow Lake Community Liaison Committee Meeting is on September 28, 2015

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Please be advised, the Bow Lake Wind Project team will be hosting the third Community Liaison Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 26.   The Community Liaison Committee is intended to provide a forum for information sharing and discussion as the project progresses through construction and into operations.

Details for the next meeting are provided below:

Date: September 28, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Obadjiwan Conference and Convention Centre (#896 Hwy 563 Batchawana Bay)

The public is welcome to attend.

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Bow Lake: Hunting Restriction

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The safety of public users of Crown land and the Project workers is top priority to the Bow Lake Wind Project team. Accordingly, a hunting restriction, approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, was enacted in the vicinity of the Project. Hunting is prohibited from September 15 to December 31, 2015 in the areas adjacent to the project. A map of the restricted area is provided below and signs will be posted 500 m on each side of areas where workers may be outside of the restricted area.

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Bow Lake Wind Project: Road Closure

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Please be advise Negick Creek Bridge, Near km Marker 18 on Mile 67 Road, will be closed from August 10 to August 14, 2015 for bridge replacement required for the construction of the Bow Lake Wind Project.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact Kelly Davis, Site Superintendent, Mastec Renewables Construction Limited, at 1-888-272-4205 with any questions.

Bow Lake Community Liaison Committee Meeting is on May 26, 2015

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Please be advised, the Bow Lake Wind Project team will be hosting the third Community Liaison Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 26.   The Community Liaison Committee is intended to provide a forum for information sharing and discussion as the project progresses through construction and into operations.

Details for the next meeting are provided below:

Date: May 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Obadjiwan Conference and Convention Centre (#896 Hwy 563 Batchawana Bay)

The public is welcome to attend.

September 2014

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Hunting Activities

The safety of public users of Crown land and the Project workers is top priority. Accordingly, a hunting restriction, approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, will be enacted in the vicinity of the Project. Hunting will be prohibited from September 15 to December 31, 2014 in the areas adjacent to the Project. A link to a map identifying the area of the hunting restriction is provided below.

Map of Restricted Hunting Areas

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Should you have questions or require further information please contact Bryan Tripp, Project Lead, Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership, at (519) 821-7319.

The Bow Lake Wind Project established a Community Liaison Committee to provide a forum for information sharing and discussion during construction. The Committee facilitated two-way communication between the project team and stakeholders.

The last meeting was held on September 28, 2015.

Balancing Social Value and Environmental Protection through Meaningful Partnerships and Continued Engagement

BluEarth believes deeply in developing renewable energy projects in partnership with First Nations in a manner that balances social value, environmental protection, and the principles of shared revenue. We respect Aboriginal, Treaty, and Constitutional Rights, as well as the rights of Aboriginal peoples to self-governance. BluEarth has great respect for the traditions, knowledge, and involvement of Aboriginal communities.

Trust is the foundation of all successful long-term partnerships and we know that trust is only developed over time. On the Bow Lake Wind Project, engagement with Aboriginal communities started in 2007 and included Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways (BFN), Michipicoten First Nation (MFN), Chapleau Ojibway First Nation (COFN), Garden River First Nation (GRFN), Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council (HSSMMC), and Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).

Engagement efforts at the outset of the project included direct correspondence such as letters, phone conversations, and meetings along with the distribution of project information. The project team also held several open houses to discuss the project and respond to questions. As engagement efforts continued, communications were primarily conducted with BFN and MFN because of their specific interests in the project.

BFN came forward early in project development process, and clearly identified their desire to participate in the project as a partner. In January 2013, after six years of engagement and hard work on both sides, BFN and BluEarth announced their partnership in the development of the project, forming the Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnerships. Both parties share in the economic benefits, risks and costs of the joint venture. This relationship represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a renewable energy developer in Canada.

Engagement with MFN has occurred since 2007. Since that time, more than 40 engagement and communications points have occurred, including meetings with the Chief, Chief and Council, information exchanges (for example environmental studies and reports), and community meetings. In addition, BFN has itself attempted on several occasions to engage MFN Nation-to-Nation to discuss various elements of the project and traditional territory – BFN continues to wait for MFN’s response.

In December 2013, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment issued a Renewable Energy Approval for the Bow Lake Wind Project determining that the Project had met the regulatory requirements for approval, including meeting Aboriginal engagement requirements.

The Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnerships exemplify what can happen when developers and First Nations come together in good faith to develop sustainable energy for the benefit of present and future generations. Both partners remain committed to ongoing productive, respectful dialogue with area Aboriginal communities throughout project construction and operation.

BFN Chief Sayers and BluEarth President & CEO Kent Brown formalizing their partnership on the Bow Lake Wind Project.

Chief Dean Sayers and Batchewana Councillors and staff performing a ceremony at sunrise prior to formalizing their partnership with BluEarth.