Toronto, Ontario (September 24, 2020) – GP JOULE Canada Corp., a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH (GP JOULE), celebrated the construction of the 4.6-megawatt (AC) Montana First Nation Solar Farm, one of the largest First Nation solar installations on-reserve in Canada, and located approximately 200 kilometers north of Calgary, Alberta. Montana First Nation owns the project while GP JOULE Canada Corporation was the turnkey EPC contractor as well as the racking technology supplier for more than 12,500 modules onsite.
“We are proud to have partnered with the community of Montana First Nation to engineer, procure and construct a historical solar installation that gives back to their people for generations to come,” said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE. “We worked to gain a deeper understanding of their culture and people with the aim of building a cohesive team that worked side-by-side to successfully construct this solar farm on time and on budget.”
The solar installation is unique because it is a large utility-scale project built on-reserve of First Nation land and providing long-term funding to Montana First Nation through sale of its electricity to the Alberta grid. The project is expected to feed approximately 7,677 megawatt-hours of clean energy into the regional grid every year for the next 25 years: an amount equivalent to annually powering just over 1,060 homes
“Montana First Nation has been working for many years to ensure this project becomes a reality, and we were very pleased when GP JOULE began working with us in the Fall 2019 to set up a diverse team which ultimately would build a facility that offers so much to our community and its future generations,” said George Addai, CEO of Montana First Nation. “GP JOULE worked with us to have installers, road builders, electricians and supervisors hail from the immediate area, and offered employment opportunities to dozens of First Nation and surrounding community members.”
GP JOULE’s work as a turnkey EPC service provider included underground work that engaged civil work crews from Akamihk Kanataskiy Ventures (AKV) Ltd. of Montana First Nation, including our company training many First Nation community members to install the racking and solar modules. For GP JOULE’s in-house team, an experienced APEGA systems-certified engineering group worked to ensure precision design and seamless management that led to very few electrical changes during project construction.
MONTANA FIRST NATION HIGH SCHOOL
GP JOULE’S partnership with Montana First Nation was first forged in 2018 when the company served as subcontractor supplying and installing the PHLEGON® Fixed Tilt racking system and piles on a 130-kilowatt solar system currently providing power to the high school. The PHLEGON® Fixed Tilt solar module racking technology from GP JOULE was erected at both the high school and the solar farm due to its ability to handle the extreme cold and hot weather conditions of Alberta.
“Between the Montana First Nation Solar Farm and the Montana First Nation High School solar installation, the community has established a solid platform for educating current and future generations on renewable energy. Furthermore, their hard work and persistence to bring a solar project of this nature to reality is a laudable example that can be respected and well-recognized by any community of people,” added Pichard.
About GP JOULE
GP JOULE is a global renewable energy company headquartered in Reußenköge Germany, with GP JOULE Canada Corporation serving the North American market. GP JOULE in North America provides EPC turnkey services and a full range of solar PV racking products focused on delivering the lowest cost per kilowatt-hour. GP JOULE’s complete in-house North American execution team includes APEGA-certified civil, mechanical, and electrical expertise in medium to utility-scale size solar installations. The company has installed more than 75 megawatts of solar PV across North America, while globally, GP JOULE has installed over 730 MW of solar and wind energy projects. For more information please visit us at www.gp-joule.com.
About Montana First Nation
The Montana Indian Reservation, No. 139 is located approximately 90 kilometers south of Edmonton and 3 kilometers east of Highway No. 2A. It is the smallest First Nation that makes up the Four Nations of Hobbema, Alberta Canada. Montana Tribal Government: The Montana First Nation is governed by one Chief and four Council members. Chief and Council consult regularly with members and the Tribal Elders on tribal matters. The Chief is ex-officio responsible for all departments and each council member is assigned a portfolio of various responsibilities. Each is responsible to implement and set policy for a certain number of departments.