Wind farm begins operation. Batchewana First Nation’s Bow Lake wind farm began operating late last month. The joint operation between Batchewana, and BluEarth Renewables Inc. represents one of the largest economic partnerships between a First Nation and a wind energy developer in Canada. Located about 80 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, the Bow Lake wind farm features 36 wind turbines capable of generating 60 megawatts – enough clean, renewable energy to power 15,000 homes across Ontario. The plant is selling its output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator. “Economy building is critical to the future of our Nations, and this is a great example of how our communities can become leaders in resource development and clean energy,” said Grand Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians in a statement.