Marten Falls piloting solar project: Ring of Fire-area First Nation community studying green power.

Date01 May 2019

A First Nation community near the Ring of Fire is looking at solar energy to reduce its dependence on diesel fuel for power generation.

Marten Falls First Nation and Aecon Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a solar power pilot project.

"For Marten Falls, this is a positive development that will help reduce dependence on expensive, non-renewable energy and provide economic benefits to the community in a sustainable fashion," said Chief Bruce Achneepineskum in a March 14 Aecon news release.

The community currently relies on diesel and other supplies that are flown in at great expense. We need innovative solutions like this for socioeconomic development.

Marten Falls is a community with a registered population of 720, located on the Albany River, about 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay and about 100 kilometres southeast of the Ring of Fire.

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