MA'IINGAN DEVELOPMENT INC

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                         Canada’s Game Changer:Off-grid diesel reduction to energy sovereignty

The Gull Bay First Nation Micro Grid Project will be Canada’s FIRST fully-integrated remote renewable energy-storage micro grid! The Micro Grid project is showcasing innovative technology and integration with its combination of solar photovoltaic power, battery energy storage, and a micro grid controller connecting to the existing Hydro One Remotes diesel generating station to provide clean solar power and off-set diesel use. Switching from diesel to solar power in a seemingly smooth transition with the integration of lithium-ion battery energy storage micro grid technology. When the sun is shining, the Community will be powered by Sun and the diesel generators will switch off reducing approximately 110,000 litres or 25% if diesel fuel a year.

Coordinated through an Indigenous Clean Energy Planning (ICEP) Process, directed by Chief and Council, with the support of the Mashkawiziiwin Energy Projects Team and Lumos Energy, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are GBFN’s project development partners  and have procured Alltrade Industrial as the general contractor and constructor for the Project. Other collaborators include Hydro One Remote Community Inc. (Remotes), MaRS Advances Energy Center, ABB Inc., and DNV GL (Alltrade’s Engineer).

The project cost is approximately $8-9 Million dollars and will receive funding support from various government and private sources to offset project costs including; Ontario Smart Grid Fund, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Energy Partnerships Program, and the LDC Tomorrow Fund.

This project is a source of pride for Gull Bay First Nation knowing their future will be cleaner and the Next Generations will have clean energy technology in their home.

KZA-GBFN’s primary will remain diesel UNTIL enough different green energy sources exceed the current diesel generation stations capacity output

“This project reflects our peoples’ connection with the land and our responsibility as caretakers on behalf of all living things for seven generations. Through KZA’s ownership of the micro grid, we shall replace thousands of liters of dirty diesel fuel with clean solar power, and would be honored to share our experience with off-grid Indigenous communities across Canada.”

Chief Wilfred King
About

A newly incorporated economic development entity whose goal is to secure economic and social prosperity for Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek.

What is a Micro Grid?

Solar panels are installed in an area the size of a soccer field, along with a 300 kWh DC battery system with one-hour storage.

Community

Our success hinges on a sustainable model that leverages the skills and expertise of a highly motivated professional Board of Directors who work closely with staff and community members to ensure cohesion and vision.