Indigenous solar energy project brings jobs, reliable revenue stream to community in AlbertaPembina Institute reacts to Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s investment in clean electricity

May 4, 2021

Solar energy system in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

A solar project in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Photo: David Dodge, Green Energy Futures

The Pembina Institute’s Dave Lovekin, renewables in remote communities director, and Binnu Jeyakumar, clean energy director for Alberta, made the following comments in response to the announcement by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s investment in Alberta clean electricity with Concord Pacific / Concord Green Energy:

“Congratulations to Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s (ACFN) investment and joint venture with Concord Green Energy on the commencement of three solar farms in southern Alberta. These projects, totalling 70 MW of installed solar capacity, will diversify the economy, create jobs and generate enough to power about 22,000 homes. This 50/50 joint venture of solar with potential for future battery energy storage systems demonstrates the leadership and commitment from ACFN to be climate leaders in Alberta’s clean energy transition. By bringing their experience from the 3NE Fort Chipewyan solar farm, ACFN is walking the talk and investing not only in renewable energy, but also in their community members and the generations to come.”

— Dave Lovekin, renewables in remote communities director, Pembina Institute

“Renewable energy is the cheapest source of electricity and together with technologies such as storage and energy efficiency, it can provide affordable and reliable energy. Investments in such projects also create local jobs in Alberta.” 

— Binnu Jeyakumar, clean electricity director for Alberta, Pembina Institute



Jill Sawyer
Senior Communications Lead, Pembina Institute


Publication: Better government policies will unlock the cash remote Indigenous communities need for clean energy
Report: Diesel Reduction Progress in Remote Communities
Report: Alberta’s Emerging Economy: A blueprint for job creation through 2030
Report: Reliable, affordable: The economic case for scaling up clean energy portfolios
Media release: Two thirds of Albertans support reaching net-zero emissions by 2050


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