Haida Nation and NaiKun Announce Clean Energy Solution—HaidaLink—for Haida Gwaii

by NationTalk on May 11, 20071262 Views

News Release
May 10, 2007

NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., (“NaiKun”) and the Haida Nation announced today they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish HaidaLink—a proposal to complete interconnection between Haida Gwaii and the mainland energy grid. The Haida Power Authority is an entity created by the Haida Nation to oversee the development of power projects within Haida Gwaii.NaiKun is proposing to develop a 320 MW offshore wind energy project to be located in the waters of the Hecate Strait off the coast of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). The project is currently conducting an Environmental Impact assessment and is expected to begin construction in 2009. The NaiKun project will be connected to the provincial energy grid at Prince Rupert.

As a result of this MOU, the HaidaLink project will be submitted to the energy resource survey currently being conducted by the Sheltair Group on behalf of the Haida Nation and BC Hydro. If the project proposal is accepted, this will result in wind power being provided to the Island as well as completing a grid-to-grid connection between Haida Gwaii and the BC mainland.

“The problem of clean energy supply on Haida Gwaii has been a long standing issue since we are not connected to the BC grid and most of our power comes by burning diesel” said Arnie Bellis, Chairman of The Haida Power Authority (HPA). “The HaidaLink concept is a win-win for everyone, the island can eliminate the majority of its diesel generation, get connected to the BC Hydro grid and provide the Haida Nation with a sustainable economic opportunity. We are eager to move forward with the establishment of HaidaLink if it proves to be the most suitable project for the islands’ energy requirements,” noted HPA Chairman Arnie Bellis.

“NaiKun has heard the concerns of Island communities and has spent significant time and resources developing a ”on-island solution” which leverages our wind farm and the fact it already stretches ¾ of the distance across Hecate Strait. We think the addition of HaidaLink adds considerable benefits to the people of the Island as well as meets several objectives of new BC Energy Plan” said Michael C. Burns, Chairman of NaiKun Wind Energy Group.

The MOU is contingent upon the NaiKun project successfully completing the Environmental Impact Assessment process as well as the construction and operation of the 320 MW NaiKun wind farm project. The HPA will be the primary shareholder of HaidaLink with a portion retained by NaiKun Wind Group.

NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. (TSX-V: NKW) is a Vancouver-based energy company that has traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (and its predecessors) since 1967. Since 2000, the company has focused on renewable energy. Its subsidiary, NaiKun Wind Development Inc., is engaged in the development of a major offshore wind project off the coast of British Columbia in an area known as the Haida Energy Field. Interested parties are invited to visit the company’s website at www.naikun.ca.

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The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information contact:

Sara MacIntyre
Public Affairs and Communications
NaiKun Wind Development Inc.
Phone: 778-868-4363 or smacintyre@naikun.ca

or

Arnie Bellis, Chairman
Haida Power Authority
Vice-President of the Council of the Haida Nation
Phone: (250) 626-5252

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