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Nine Sask. bands invest in renewable energy project

Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre will run on sawmill flotsam.


August 2, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

MEADOW LAKE, Sask.: Meadow Lake Tribal Council Resource Development Inc. (MLTC RDI) is plugging into nature to provide power through a biomass project in Meadow Lake, Sask.

The Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre will run on bark, branches, sawdust and wood chips from the NorSask Forest Products sawmill and generate up to 36 megawatts of renewable low-emissions power, which is enough to power roughly 30,000 homes.

MLTC RDI said it has recently signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with SaskPower, the primary supplier of electricity in Saskatchewan, a first of this size for a First Nation corporation in the province.

The project, which is to create up to 300 jobs over its two-year build phase, is getting $499,000 from the federal government for pre-development work and MLTC RDI is investing $376,000.

The plant is to be in service in 2014 and will create 25 permanent jobs.

MLTC RDI manages the investment portfolio of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and its nine bands.