‘Huge’ Biomass Power Plant On The Way For Ontario First Nation

Whitesand First Nation will soon be home to an industrial park that will support clean energy generation, replacing the current need for diesel, and create jobs. The first tenants of the industrial park, known as the Bio-Economy Centre, will be community-owned and operated Sagatay Cogeneration LP and Sagatay Wood Pellets LP. “It will create jobs […]

Whitesand First Nation will soon be home to an industrial park that will support clean energy generation, replacing the current need for diesel, and create jobs. The first tenants of the industrial park, known as the Bio-Economy Centre, will be community-owned and operated Sagatay Cogeneration LP and Sagatay Wood Pellets LP.

“It will create jobs for community members and other surrounding areas,” said Allan Gustafson, chief of Whitesand First Nation. “(The co-generation plant) is going to be a huge facility. We’re going to be powering Armstrong, Whitesand and Collins with co-gen and we’re also going to have a pellet facility to make pellets and put it on the market.”

It’s a project, said Gustafson, that has been over 20 years in the making and one he has worked to make a reality since 2008. “It will build up our members’ self-esteem, get them working,” he said. “It will bring up their spirits, it’s theirs, it will be something they own.”

The project, which will break ground on Monday, is expected to create 64 full-time jobs and 60 seasonal jobs. “It’s a good story,” said Gustafson. “We have almost 1,300 members and it’s going to create work. It’s for everybody, hopefully we can start training people to get their skills.”

A big focus for the community, explained Gustafson, is environmental sustainability. Right now he said the community burns about one million liters of diesel a year.

From The Chronicle Journal: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/huge-power-plant-on-way/article_c4408b42-b72d-11e7-8e7e-7721bd70b687.html

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