The SkyAlyne Team is an outstanding group of Canadian industry leaders with vast experience operating in every region of Canada. This includes team member ATCO Frontec – a division of ATCO Ltd. (Head Office: Calgary, AB). ATCO is a diversified, global company with a strong track record of success partnering with local Indigenous businesses and communities on large, mutually beneficial capital projects.
In 2019-2020, ATCO’s electricity division and three local First Nations collaborated to complete the Fort Chipewyan off-grid solar utility project to power the remote community with clean, renewable energy.
In partnership with Three Nations Energy (3NE) – which is jointly owned by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and Fort Chipewyan Métis Association – ATCO designed and built the two-phased project which includes a 600-kW solar farm, owned and operated by ATCO, and a 2,200-kW solar farm owned by all three Indigenous communities and operated by ATCO.
The solar project will provide about 25 per cent of Fort Chip’s electricity needs annually, reducing trucking and consumption of diesel fuel by approximately 800,000 litres per year – equivalent to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2,145 tons CO2 annually.
“The 3NE Solar Farm Partnership demonstrates how Cree, Dene and Metis peoples of the Delta can work together to bring new technologies into our communities. This builds the capacity of our own tradespeople, workers, and contractors to participate in the emerging green energy sector – just as we now play a major role contributing to the success of the fossil fuel industry of Alberta. We extend our thanks to ATCO, Alberta, and Canada for their partnership roles in the Solar Farm.”
Chief Peter Powder – Mikisew Cree First Nation