Montana First Nation is located in what was once rich oil and gas country in central Alberta. But as the oil wells began to dry up, the small community was faced with the enormous challenge of finding new employment for many of their members who landed out of work.
That’s when the idea of solar energy came up. The Nation partnered with Enmax Energy Corp. to install a 100kW system of solar panels on the roof of their band office, which immediately cut their power bill by 60% .Montana First Nation decided to invest further- They founded Green Arrow Corp. Akamihk, the first Indigenous-owned and operated community solar energy
The benefits that the community has experienced since they launched their solar company in 2012 include local employment, community revenue, and power savings. The pride that this has created in the community is across generations – from kids learning about solar in school, to adults being skilled in a new industry, to Elders having panels on their houses.
Welcome to Akamihk Energy
As Long as the Sun Shines: Montana First Nation Shines
Akamihk Energy is a 100% Montana First Nation owned company. The company operates at arm’s length from Montana First Nation Chief and Council. Currently the company has a three-member board of directors.
Currently Akamihk Energy is working on taking over the management of the natural gas infrastructure of Montana First Nation.
Akamihk Energy will also be managing the 4.6MW solar farm, going to be constructed in Montana First Nation.
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Montana First Nation near completion of mega solar farm
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Montana First Nation hosts job fair to get people into the oil and gas industry
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Wetchie describes the benefits that the community has experienced since they launched their solar company in 2012. The economic benefits – through local employment, community revenue, and power savings – have been the primary motivators for pursing this energy development. There are now dozens of community members trained as skilled labourers in solar installation and maintenance.
“You hire your own people, by your people, for your people. We can do this for ourselves, we understand these types of businesses,” explains Vickie Wetchie, Montana First Nation member and general manager of Green Arrow.
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