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As part of the 70 MW of solar development provincially, 20 MW were set aside for First Nations Power Authority to develop with First Nation communities. ANEDC created a partnership with Elemental Energy Ltd. to prepare a 10 MW solar project to be located on Cowessess land 3km South East of Regina at the home of the existing Cowessess Renewable Energy Storage Facility. Together the partners created a new limited partnership, called Awasis Solar Ltd. that is 51% owned by ANEDC and 49% owned by Elemental Energy. In May 2019, Awasis Solar was awarded a 10MW solar project through First Nations Power Authority set aside process.
The 10MW Awasis Solar project is a partnership with Elemental Energy. Elemental is a renewable energy leader in Canada, having 42 MW of solar, 74 MW of wind and 16MW of hyrdo in production and an additional 800 MW in development. The project is located on reserve status land owned by Cowessess First Nation and brings various direct benefits to the community in terms of ownership experience, lease revenue, and equity returns. Together, ANEDC and Elemental have developed a comprehensive community capacity building plan to ensure local benefits are realized through knowledge sharing.

Work Completed to Date

Since May 2019 the following development activities have been completed:

  • Detailed Business Case
  • Incorporation of Awasis Solar Ltd. and all partnership agreements
  • Established site control via Headlease and sublease
  • Negotiated Power Purchase agreement with SaskPower
  • Completed Environmental Assessment and obtain Department of Indigenous Service Permit approval
  • Completed technical studies including topographic survey, geotechnical survey, pull testing
  • Commenced preliminary engineering
  • Secured financing
  • Secure infrastructure grant
  • Completed community engagement
  • Hired Cowessess citizen and Community Energy Specialist
  • Funded training for 11 Cowessess citizens to attend Solar Installer training

Next Steps

  • Begin civil site prep and fencing – Spring 2021
  • Piling – Spring 2021
  • Solar racking and installation – Summer 2021
  • Interconnection – Fall 2021
  • Commercial Operations – Winter 2021

Project Documents

Site Layout
Federal Government Approval
Community Engagement Poster Boards
November 2019 Community Letter and Newsletter (see attached PDF)

Cowessess First Nation has come a long way in our Renewable Energy journey, and we are just getting started.

For More Information Contact Cowessess Ventures Ltd.