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NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA TWN Wind Power has signed an agreement with the White Earth Nation of Minnesota to supply two 40kW wind turbines. The small wind turbines will be used to power the White Earth Community Service Center in Naytahwaush and the Ojibwa Building Supplies facility in Waubun.
The first installation of its kind in Indian country
“We see the wind power business as an entry point into our goals to partner with Tribal communities across North America.”
“I want to congratulate the White Earth Nation Tribal Council and everyone who worked to bring this agreement together.”
said Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. TWN Wind Power is a wholly owned company by Tsleil-Waututh.
We see the wind power business as an entry point into our goals to partner with Tribal communities across North America.
“White Earth is thrilled not only to decrease our fossil fuel usage, energy dependence, and utility expense but to do so in partnership with another tribe only adds to the excitement surrounding this venture,”
said Jerome Lhotka, White Earth Economic Development Director.
Two 40kW Wind Turbines will be Installed
We look forward to the commissioning of these two new machines adding to our green power initiatives yet this fall.
The 40kW G-3120 Endurance Wind Power small wind turbines are the first installation of its kind in Indian country. Although there are hundreds of installations of the 3120-series wind turbines in North America and the UK, these will be the first to be installed under agreements of Tribal communities working together. Distributed wind energy, which is commonly referred to as small and community wind, is the use of typically smaller wind turbines at schools, businesses, homes and public facilities to off-set all or a portion of on-site energy consumption.
This is a great example of Tribes working together in Indian country,
said Marc Soulliere, President & CEO of TWN Wind Power.
We are excited to have formed this relationship to further enable energy independence and environmental benefits for White Earth Nation.
TWN Wind Power, is a wholly owned company of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation based in North Vancouver BC. As a First Nations company, they offer Aboriginal communities throughout North America energy related services. Tsleil-Waututh Nation own and operate seven businesses in the alternative energy, tourism, construction, real estate and retail sectors.
posted September 13, 2012 6:30 am edt