An Indigenous-owned solar farm in remote northeast Alberta celebrated its grand opening recently, bringing increased renewable energy to a community long reliant on diesel fuel. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, the project is owned by Three Nations Energy, a joint-venture involving three tribal entities. The 5,760 solar panels will supply the community with about 25% of its energy needs and replace about 800,000 liters of diesel fuel a year, a reduction of about 2,376 tons of carbon emissions. “We work with the sun, we work with the wind, we work with mother nature, and we work the water for the children of the future -- to give them a better life, a cleaner life,” said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

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