First Nation Projects

First Nations have long recognized the power of land, sky and wind. They were the first true believers in renewable energy. We are proud partners with First Nations communities in renewable energy projects.

Starting in 2006, 3G helped M’Chigeeng First Nation of Manitoulin Island create the first wholly Indigenous-owned utility scale wind farm in Ontario. 3G designed, arranged financing for and managed the construction of the project. This 4 megawatt commercial wind project reached its Commercial Operation Date in June 2012. As of 2023 M’Chigeeng continues to own and operate the wind farm with asset management assistance from 3G.

In 2011, we designed and built 4 solar energy proejcts for two Ontario First Nation communities. 

Other First Nation communities 3G has assisted include: Henvey Inlet FN, Wasauksing FN, Nipissing FN, Serpent River FN, Swan lake FN, Wolfe Lake FN

In 2015, we organized a community energy audit project for M'Chigeeng First Nation, that launched several band members toward becoming energy certified auditors.

In 2017 we assisted a Saskatchewan First Nation obtain Government of Canada funding in excess of $300,000 to study the feasibility of creating a wind farm.

In 2022 we assisted the M'Chigeeng First Nation in creating a relationship with a major industrial company focussed on replacing off-grid diesel generators with solar, wind and battery components that can reduce the industrial company's reliance on diesel generation and can drastically reduce their annual carbon emissions.

In 2023 we revisted the M'Chigeeng First Nation community energy audit and wrote a strategic plan for managing carbon emissions, deploying EV charging stations as well as outlining a path toward potential replacement of all dwellings within the community to achieve Net Zero energy efficiency and energy independence.

Between 2015 and 2020 3G worked with the Iskut First Nation in northern BC to study the potential for a large wind farm in the Tahltan region. This project is intended for partnership with a larger developer, and the organizational and legal work to create this partnership is ongoing. The onset of construction work in 2017 on BC's Site C hydroelectric project put a damper on most wind energy projects in that province, but there are expectations that new gas pipeline projects can ramp up demand for renewable electrical energy supplies for the years 2025 and beyond, if those gas pipeline projects utilize electrical energy for their compressor stations.

Services Offered to First Nations

  • Community Energy Audit and Energy Self-sufficiency Planning
  • Energy Resilience for dwellings
  • Wind or Solar Resource Assessment
  • Sound Level Assessment
  • Budgeting and Financing
  • Environmental Permitting and Regulatory Compliance
  • Project Design
  • Equipment Procurement
  • Turnkey installation
  • Project management
  • Operations and maintenance