Old Massett Energy Efficiency Pilot Project
Old 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
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.
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.
Solar system installations were completed in March 2013, and energy efficiency upgrades to the Adult Centre were completed in June 2013.
Old Massett Energy Audit revealed the usage of solar energy as well as a whole range of energy saving upgrade measures. Take a look.