T'Sou-ke First Nations
"First Nations have experience in living on this continent for thousands of years without use of fossil fuels. It is now appropriate that First Nations demonstrate how to live without fossil fuels once again."
-Chief Gordon Planes
The T’Souke First Nations has done just this. From what was originally a visioning process, in which they looked at ways to sustain themselves down the road, with energy security being a top priority, the community is now proudly displaying a 75 KW solar array. They have outfitted 25 homes along with the fish hatchery, the community hall, band hall and canoe shed with PV and solar thermal units. Not only that, almost all of the install work was completed by community members themselves.
Trainees were led through a customized learning program that respects the oral customs of the First Nations who have traditionally learned by talking and sharing stories. The new training option relies heavily on practical application and is being presented to CanSIA for further use.
The T'Sou-ke community's vision was made possible by the help of many, with much hard work and organization from First Power, an organization designed to empower First Nations to gain access to and ownership of renewable energy. For a video on the T'Sou-ke solar array project, click here.
It’s because of the T'Sou-ke First Nations' dedication and drive to play a powerful role as a sustainable society and share their knowledge that SolarBC is proud to recognize them as a SolarBC Solar Community.
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