First Nation opens solar farm near Williams Lake

Tsilhqot'in open solar farm

The Tsilhqot’in First Nation near Williams Lake celebrated the grand opening of its new solar farm on Friday.

The array is located about 80 kilometres west of the city on the site of the old Riverwest Sawmill. The 1.25-MW project is the largest of its kind in B.C. and is fully owned and operated by the First Nation.

“This is an important accomplishment for the Nation and I’m proud that our people have been involved in all aspects of the project from the planning and development to the, now operation of the solar farm,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair, Tsilhqot’in National Government.

“Energy and electricity has been lacking out in the territory for a long time, despite one of the longest stretches of hydro in Canada, so we welcome the opportunity for business and to improve the well-being of our people.”

The two-hectare solar farm is made up of 3,456 solar modules that will convert the sun’s rays into electricity which will then be sold to BC Hydro to generate economic profit for the Tsilhqot’in.

Operation will begin once final connection is made to a power line that runs along Highway 20. It’s expected 1,500 megawatt hours of electricity per year will be generated during the farm’s 25-year lifespan.

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