The province has entered into agreements with two First Nations who will provide renewable energy to Regina and Weyburn.

Pesâkâstêw Solar, a partnership between George Gordon First Nation, Star Blanket Cree Nation and Natural Forces, will develop, own and operate the 10 MW solar project near Weyburn.

“After a lot of hard work from our business arm, George Gordon Developments Limited, we are confident our Pesâkâstêw Solar Project will create employment and revenue generation opportunities for our First Nations members,” said George Gordon First Nation Chief Byron Bitternose.

“This 20-year project will provide revenue for our Nation as well as create employment and training opportunities,” Star Blanket Cree Nation Chief Michael Starr said.

The second project will be located near Regina.

“Cowessess First Nation has been on our renewable energy journey for a decade – we have an existing 1 MW wind, solar and battery facility, and we are currently installing 320 kW of solar on five community buildings back home,” explained Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme. “The development of our small-scale projects has allowed our team to gain expertise in the sector, and we are now ready to embrace our first utility scale energy project.”

The two projects will generate revenue for First Nations and provide enough clean, renewable energy to the grid to power more than 5,000 Saskatchewan homes.