Two Remote Pikangikum First Nation Tourist Camps Go Solar
McGuinty Government Boosting Tourism, Promoting Clean Technology
Two outpost tourist camps in Northwestern Ontario are tapping a clean energy source to modernize operations and reduce costs.
With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Pikangikum First Nation's Whitefeather Waters Tourism Association is developing solar powered systems at two remote fishing and hunting camps. The project includes installing solar panels, storage batteries and water pumps, which will reduce their need for other energy sources.
The project aligns with the objectives of the Green Energy Act. The act is part of the Open Ontario plan to embrace green technology and support community investments that lead to conservation, new jobs and economic growth.
- The NOHFC is providing $21,600 for this project under its Northern Energy Program, which helps northern organizations pursue clean alternatives and reduce demand on non-renewable energy sources.
- Ontario is Canada's leader in wind and solar capacity and is home to the country's largest wind and solar farms.
- The Green Energy Act will create 50,000 new jobs in the green energy sector.
“Our government believes that opting for alternative energy sources will protect the northern ecology and help tourist camps thrive and take advantage of the growing eco-tourism market.”
“The McGuinty government encourages all Ontarians to participate as we build a reliable and clean energy system that our families and businesses can count on. Projects like this one bring the benefits of renewable energy to the more remote and resource-rich areas of our province, such as the north, and ensure we can all share in its economic and environmental benefits.”