Lower Nicola Indian Band installs largest community-owned solar panel system in B.C.
Note to Reader:
Chief Aaron Sam of the Lower Nicola Indian Band is one of the featured speakers at FLOW & GROW on November 29. In the opening module, he will explore the role of water from the global to the local with Bob McDonald of Quirks & Quarks fame. The module theme is Science & Spirit – An Inclusive Journey. As elected Chief, Aaron Sam is an advocate for sustainable use of lands and waters, for the present and future generations. Under his leadership, the Lower Nicola Band has established a precedent by installing the largest locally owned solar panel system in British Columbia.
An Inter-Generational Investment
In August 2016, the Lower Nicola Indian Band installed 330 panels of photovoltaic solar panels to generate up to 85.8 kilowatts of electricity. Installed on the roof of the school’s gym, the system is designed to help power the community’s school and feed electricity back into the local grid.
“Installing the panels and having renewable energy at our school and in our community is something that really reflects our values as indigenous people, being stewards of the land,” said Chief Aaron Sam. An article published by the Vancouver Sun newspaper reports that a percentage of the system’s energy-cost savings will go back into a scholarship fund.
To Learn More:
Download Lower Nicola Indian Band installs largest community-owned solar panel system in B.C. to read the complete article as published in the Vancouver Sun.
On November 29th 2016, at the Capri Hotel in Kelowna, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia and the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia (IIABC) will co-host the 4th in their “Annual Year-End Water Sustainability Workshop Series”.