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Marten Falls piloting solar project: Ring of Fire-area First Nation community studying green power.

A First Nation community near the Ring of Fire is looking at solar energy to reduce its dependence on diesel fuel for power generation.

Marten Falls First Nation and Aecon Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a solar power pilot project.

"For Marten Falls, this is a positive development that will help reduce dependence on expensive, non-renewable energy and provide economic benefits to the community in a sustainable fashion," said Chief Bruce Achneepineskum in a March 14 Aecon news release.

"The community currently relies on diesel and other supplies that are flown in at great expense. We need innovative solutions like this for socioeconomic development."

Marten Falls is a community with a registered population of 720, located on the Albany River, about 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay and about 100 kilometres southeast of the Ring of Fire.

The Toronto and Calgary-headquartered construction company bills itself as a leader in the solar installation industry, having completed rooftop projects for IKEA, Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Guelph Hydro, and solar parks, such as the 10-megawatt Lily Lake Solar Park for Peterborough Utilities.

The news release said the surface-mounted, self-supporting solar and battery system will tie into the community's substation.

The design is considered durable enough to withstand extreme northern climates and can produce more energy than standard solar panels.

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