Construction completed on the largest First Nation wind project in the country: Pattern Energy Group and Nigig Power Corporation announced the completion of Henvey Inlet Wind.


Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Energy) and Nigig Power Corporation officially announced the completion of the Henvey Inlet Wind power facility on Oct. 15.

The landmark project is the largest single-phase wind facility and the largest on-reserve wind installation in Canada.

It is located on Henvey Inlet First Nation Reserve No. 2 on the northeast shore of Georgian Bay in Pickerel, 90 kilometres south of Sudbury.

According to Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, the project is the first to develop a First Nation Environmental Stewardship Regime under the First Nations Lands Management Act.

"It's an honour to partner with Henvey Inlet First Nation on this historic project that created hundreds of local jobs and is now providing a strong new source of revenue for the First Nation," he said.

"Renewables are helping to re duce the impact on our environment caused by climate change and this new facility is now generating clean, homegrown energy for 100,000 homes each year without any harmful emissions," he said.

Greg Newton, CEO of Nigig Power Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation, looks forward to the economic independence the wind facility will bring.

Our youth will see an even brighter future from expanding health and education services along with increased infrastructure.

Henvey Inlet Wind is expected to generate more than $10 million in income annually.

The construction process alone generated around $25 million in direct economic activity for local First Nation businesses.

At the peak of construction, there were 1,000 workers on site, nearly one-third of them being First Nations citizens.

Now that the facility has been completed, Henvey Inlet Wind will employ up to 20 permanent full-time staff and is expected to create demand for more than 100 indirect workers, including maintenance contractors.

The project uses 87 Vestas 3.45 megawatt turbines with a 136-metre rotor diameter and 132-metre hub height.

A 104-kilometre transmission line delivers electricity generated by the facility to the...

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