In early September 2018, the joint owners of the Adelaide Wind Power Project visited the 40-megawatt (MW) facility located near Strathroy in southern Ontario.
Adelaide is Suncor’s first significant equity partnership in a renewable energy project with a First Nations community. Under the partnership agreement for Adelaide, the Aamjiwnaang First Nation (AFN) has a 25% interest in the project and Suncor a 75% interest.
“The partnership has brought valuable perspectives to Suncor,” says Karen Reiman, manager, Business Services, Renewable Energy. “In September, we covered a number of topics, including the Adelaide Community Benefit Fund, which the local community will hear more about in 2019.”
Suncor’s continued investment in renewable energy contributes to the company’s social goal and provides opportunities to increase participation of Aboriginal Peoples, communities and businesses within the renewable industry. Suncor’s long-term social goal is to advance relationships and build mutual trust and respect between Aboriginal Peoples and all Canadians.
“I really enjoyed being able to spend the day with our partners, meeting new AFN Band Council members, highlighting the great work being carried out at the wind farm and how important it is to work together. I’m looking forward to future meeting opportunities,” adds Karen.
Suncor operates the 18-turbine, 40 MW Adelaide facility. Under the partnership agreement, the AFN is involved through regular update meetings.
Throughout the development of renewable energy projects, Suncor engages with local community members in proposed project areas to talk about our company, renewable energy, and community needs and concerns. We endeavour to work in an open, respectful and transparent way, engaging with communities early to alleviate and resolve issues.
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