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Old Massett Energy Efficiency Pilot Project

old_massett_building.pngOld Massett Village Council saw annual heating and hot water costs at the community Adult Centre drop from $3,200 to $1,300, a 60% savings, thanks to recent energy efficiency renovations and conservation measures. Investments included solar panels on the roof, better insulation and energy-efficient lighting and appliances.

Photo: Old Masset Village Council Adult Day Program



Community Background

Old Massett is located on the north end of Graham Island, Haida Gwaii. The main reserve is Massett IR#1, where most on-reserve members (approximately 800) live.

Project Scope

Old Massett Village Council (Haida Nation) undertook  a pilot project for the installation of two solar hot water systems on two low-income homes and a hot water system and energy efficiency upgrades to the Old Massett Adult Centre.

Project funding of $45,000 came from the Remote Community Implementation Fund, with additional contributions from the Solar BC program and from Old Massett Village Council, for a total budget of $70,000.

Project Timelines

Solar system installations were completed in March 2013, and energy efficiency upgrades to the Adult Centre were completed in June 2013.


  • Greater community awareness of energy conservation issues 
  • Creation of five part-time jobs and contract jobs during construction phase


  • High equipment shipping costs and unexpected delays
  • Lack of technical expertise
  • Staff turnover
  • Two significant earthquakes, resulting in project schedule delays.

Audit Report

Old_Massett_Audit_Report_CoverOld Massett Energy Audit revealed the usage of solar energy as well as a whole range of energy saving upgrade measures. Take a look.


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.