First Nations have had a special relationship with the land for thousands of years. We value the respect that First Nations communities have for the environment, and we believe that our efforts are aligned on sustainable energy projects. A collaborative relationship with First Nations communities is important to us; we ensure they are involved during every step. We have recently installed a 6.5kV solar energy project at Fort Folly First Nation in New Brunswick, part of our commitment to working with them on renewable energy projects.
The LORESS program in New Brunswick offers communities the opportunity to share the reliable economic benefits of renewable energy projects. As an experienced partner, IFE supports communities to realize their projects and generate income from renewable energy. We work closely with communities, from the initial concept to making the project happen. We develop a viable business model, support community engagement and development, and handle the permitting and construction of the wind farm. We work hard to work with local companies and contractors when possible.
The principals of Community Wind Farms Inc. (CWFI) have been developing wind projects in Atlantic Canada for more than twelve years. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CWFI works to develop wind projects to benefit local landowners and communities. In recent years, CWFI has successfully realized 24 megawatts of wind projects with First Nations partners and community economic development groups.
CWFI works closely with the project management team in Halifax, contributing local knowledge, strong community relationships, and greenfield development expertise.