EcoSmart is managing the implementation by the Tŝilhqot’in Nation (TNG) of a one Megawatt (1.25 MWdc) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the site of a former sawmill in BC, Canada.
Once completed, the “Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm” will be the first large-scale solar power plant 100% owned and operated by a First Nation in Canada. It will be also the largest solar farm in western Canada.
The expected outcomes of this project are multiple: generation of clean energy, redevelopment of a closed sawmill and adjacent brownfield into a solar farm, support to the local communities, creation of jobs and business opportunities, fostering innovation and access to new technologies, training and advanced education, and more. The Chilcotin region is amongst the top five solar hot spots in BC. The Tŝilhqot’in Nation wants to make the Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm a center of excellence for indigenous solar development and foster many more solar initiatives both regionally and in other indigenous communities.
- Dandzen has signed a long-term Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro.
- Dandzen has secured all the financing for the project.
- The majority of equipment has been purchased.
- Construction started in early September 2018.
- Construction crew is 100% indigenous workers, all members of Tŝilhqot’in communities.