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Bekevar Wind Power

Sector(s)
Clean Power
Location(s)
Kipling, Saskatchewan
Participation
$173 million (financial close)
Partner(s)
Cowessess First Nation, Innagreen

Enabling Saskatchewans transition from coal to renewables

Bekevar will be the largest wind power generation facility in the province, delivering clean electricity and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Fast facts

Partnership with Cowessess First Nation ensures economic participation
Critical clean energy infrastructure serving 100,000 homes
Reducing GHG emissions by approximately 130,000 tonnes per year
Generating 200 megawatts of zero-emission power to the local grid

We are investing $173 million towards the Bekevar Wind Energy facility in partnership with Innagreen and Awasis Nehiyawewini Energy Development Limited Partnership, a Cowessess First Nation-owned entity. Once complete, the wind farm will help drive the region’s energy transition, moving from coal to renewables.

During the facility’s development and operations phases, Indigenous contractors and workers will benefit from available construction jobs and First Nation members will gain access to training opportunities.

Benefits of CIB’s Involvement

Our long-term capital can ensure critical, large-scale clean energy infrastructure projects are built and renewable generation is integrated into the province’s electricity grid.

We have committed $5 billion towards clean power, renewables, district energy, storage, interties, and transmission. We are propelling clean power projects forward across the country – from district energy expansion in B.C., wind power generation in Saskatchewan and developing Canada’s First Small Modular reactor in Ontario.

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Bekevar Wind Power project groundbreaking event
Innagreen

This project has been a real example of partnership working across the board. We have been working with RES and Cowessess First Nation to bring the project to commercialisation, while the innovative financing package with CIB and Nord LB has allowed the construction of Bekevar despite tough market conditions, notably around supply chain.

Olly Alexander, Chief Executive Officer
Cowessess First Nation

Cowessess First Nation has been involved in utility scale wind development since 2010. Here we are, 13 years later, having closed financing on our first project with RES and Innagreen. This project will benefit Cowessess First Nation in the business sector and our province in SaskPower’s goal to minimize carbon emissions. Once operational, Bekevar Wind will provide 25+ years of economic prosperity for our community. Achieving financial close is one milestone in the development journey and the team will now turn its attention to further community engagement and construction.

Former Chief Cadmus Delorme
Government of Canada

With this financial support from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, Cowessess First Nation is seizing the economic opportunity offered by the transition to renewable forms of energy. This forward-looking project will create sustainable jobs, cut pollution and benefit Saskatchewanians for decades to come.

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc