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First Nation solar project powering ahead

First Nation solar project powering ahead

A Chilcotin-area First Nation is making progress toward clean, affordable electricity to power the community.

The Xeni Gwet’in are about to embark on the second phase of a solar energy project which will eventually power 67 homes and eight community buildings.

The remote community, situated in the Nemiah Valley, currently relies on diesel generators, but it’s hoped that a leading-edge solar technology, backed up by lithium ion batteries will reduce the need for fossil fuels by up to 80%.

Project manager George Colgate says the system can get enough sun to operate from February to October and will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 382 tonnes a year.

The $2.4 million dollar second phase of the the project has received $250,000 in equity funding from BC’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund as well as other provincial and federal contributions.

It’s expected to be complete by September, 2018.

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