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Volume 3    April 2011

Henvey Inlet First Nation Snags Major Energy Contract
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How Does a Wind Turbine Work?

Wind turbines operate on a simple principle. The energy in the wind turns propeller-like blades around a rotor. The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to create electricity.

Wind turbines are mounted on a tower 100 feet or more above ground to take advantage of faster and less turbulent wind.

Wind turbines can produce electricity for a single home or building, or they can be connected to an electricity grid larger distribution.


Ontario: Henvey Inlet First Nation has won a Feed-In Tariff contract from the Ontario Power Authority. HIFN’s Nigig Power Corp. will produce 300 megawatts through its wind farm project. This is enough to power about 70,000 homes each year.

“Our project team has worked diligently for the past two years for the project to arrive at this point,” said Chief Wayne McQuabbie from Henvey Inlet First Nation  “It’s a monumental moment for our First Nation to be awarded such a large-scale project.”

Nigig Power Corporation president Ken Noble called it a “major milestone for our First Nation. We’re now ready to choose a world class developer. Because of the magnitude of the project, we’ll also be preparing our community for prosperity.”

Henvey Inlet First Nation lies on about 20,000 acres along the shores of Georgian Bay. The 650-member First Nation, including 175 who live on the reserve, is a member community of the Anishinabek Nation.

The Nigig Power Corporation wind farm project will boost the local economy by creating jobs and related businesses.  Henvey Inlet hopes to start construction in 2012.

“I can see a great future for our community, which includes cleaner air for our children and all Ontarians,” said McQuabbie.

Henvey Inlet First Nation is located on nearly 20,000 acres of land along Georgian Bay. It is three hours north of Toronto. 

Wind Turbine animation: U.S. Dept of Energy

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