Bow Lake Wind Project

Project Summary

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 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. 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 started in January 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.

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. As a result of this partnership 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 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.

  • 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 project was approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in 2013 and construction is underway


Project Schedule

Wind Turbine Installation November 2014 – July 2015
Commercial Operation September 2015

Project Location

Project Site Map

Further Information
For further information about the Bow Lake Wind Project email bowlakewind@bluearth.ca, call 1-844-214-2578 or register for project updates by email.

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.

The Bow Lake Wind Project has established a Community Liaison Committee to provide a forum for information sharing and discussion as the project progresses through construction and into operations. The Committee is intended to facilitate two-way communication between the project team and stakeholders. Inquiries for the Community Liaison Committee can be submitted to bowlakeclc@gmail.com

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.

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.