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Gull Bay First Nation Diesel Offset Micro Grid Project

Strategic Area

Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities, Demonstration




ABB Inc.
Gull Bay First Nation
Hydro One Remote Communities Inc.
MaRS Advanced Energy Centre


Green Infrastructure



GI Contribution

$ 2,000,000

Project Total

$ 5,886,728


Gull Bay, ON

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Ontario Power Generation
Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek - Gull Bay First Nation

Lead Proponent

Ontario Power Generation

Project Objectives

Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek - Gull Bay First Nation’s Giizis Energy Solar Storage Micro Grid Facility Site. August 16, 2019.

The Gull Bay Diesel Offset Micro Grid project will demonstrate the integration of a high-penetration solar photovoltaic system into the existing diesel microgrid on the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA) / Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN) reserve.

This micro grid (electricity distribution system) will manage loads and distributed energy resources (solar photovoltaic, battery storage, and diesel generators) that can be operated in a controlled and integrated fashion.

Prior to this project, KZA has been fully dependent on diesel generation as the community’s energy source and not connected to the provincial grid.

Expected Results

Chief of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek - Gull Bay First Nation (KZA) Wilfred N. King stands with National Chief Perry Bellegarde, AJ Esquega, Cara Sanders and Darrell Brown at the Giizis Energy Solar Storage Micro Grid Facility’s Project Celebration Ceremony on August 16, 2019.

This project expects to maximize renewable generation penetration (up to 100% at times) resulting in reduced environmental concerns and greater reduction of diesel fuel consumption. The First Nation will own the system and its revenues, resulting in local economic benefits and strengthened relationships between community and government stakeholders.

Anticipated Diesel Reduction:  130,000 litres/year

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