The Cowessess First Nation is getting involved in a big renewable energy project.

Last week it was announced Awasis Nehiyawewini Energy Development Limited Partnership (ANEDLP), which is owned by the First Nation, had along with Innagreen Investments acquired the Bekevar Wind Energy Project from another company.

According to a media release the partnership will see Innagreen Investments own just over 80 per cent of the project while the remaining shares will be held by Cowessess. Chief Cadmus Delorme said the nation has been involved in utility scale wind development since 2010 and added the new project will be a good one for the First Nation and the province.

“This project will benefit Cowessess First Nation in the business sector and our province in SaskPower’s goal to minimize carbon emissions,” he said.

When the wind energy project is finished it is expected to generate enough energy to power over 100,000 homes. Construction is set to get underway this coming May, with the wind farm finished and generating power by the end of 2024.

The project is getting support from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) with a loan of just over $170 million.

(Saskatchewan’s first utility scale hybrid solar and wind site at Cowessess First Nation. Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Research Council Facebook.)