Four wind projects are planned for the Peace Region of British Columbia. Vancouver-based wind developer Finavera Renewables has signed an agreement with British Columbian Halfway River First Nation. The agreement signifies an understanding and support of the company’s four wind projects — the Tombler Ridge, Wildmare, Meikle, and Bullmoose In return for their consent and support, Halfway River First Nation will benefit through training, employment, business opportunities, and financial participation in the project. Finavera will provide clean, renewable energy while respecting Aboriginal and treaty rights, as well as the environment.
“We look forward to building on this partnership and providing economic and community opportunities to members of the Halfway River First Nation as we move towards building 300 MW of wind projects in British Columbia,” Finavera Renewables CEO Jason Bak says. The agreement with Halfway River First Nation is the first of five such agreements the company hopes to conclude. The company has signed a partnership agreement with the McLeod Lake Indian Band that provides a staged process to negotiate final terms of a memorandum of understanding. Discussions with two other First Nations (West Moberly First Nation and Saulteau First Nation) are currently in progress. The Environmental Assessment Office recently instructed the company to include Doig River First Nation in its consultation program. Finavera looks forward to building a strong relationship with the group as well.
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