The indigenous tribes, the community and the federal government

Indigenous Solar Farm Opens in Remote Northern Canadian Community

Jointly owned by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and the Fort Chipewyan Metis Association, Three Nations Energy was established to bring about low-cost, low-carbon energy to help mitigate climate-related threats and decrease reliance and unreliable diesel tanker deliveries.

How did the collaboration come about?

Together with funding from the federal government, three first nations tribes established the group to deliver renewable energy to their community. The incorporation of Three Nations Energy GP and establishment of Three Nations Energy Limited Partnership was completed in December 2018 between Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) and Fort Chipewyan Metis Association as equal partners in the venture. Many in and outside the community view this as a landmark achievement. When completed, this system will be the largest solar PV system in a remote Canadian community.

Will the project continue beyond COVID-19 lockdown?


How was the project funded

Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada supplied funding

Any other comments?

In order of importance, please choose the relevant factors that contributed to the success of this project?

Response to need
Response to COVID-19
The 'big' idea
Social impact
Delivery of Project
Combination of skill sets
Combination of participants
Volunteer support
Existing relationships
Available funding