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RCI Mentorship: Solar Energy

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Electrical engineer Jessica Becker watches a hydro meter roll backward, thanks to a 75 kW solar energy system that helps power homes and other buildings at T’Souke First Nation, west of Victoria. T’Souke First Nation and Xeni Gwet’in First Nation partnered with FBC’s RCI program, the Ministry of Energy and SolarBC to lead a collaborative Solar Community Mentorship Initiative with remote and First Nations communities in BC.

The Fraser Basin Council, Ministry of Energy, SolarBC, T’Souke First Nation and Xeni Gwet’in First Nation partnered on a collaborative Solar Community Mentorship Initiative with remote and First Nations communities in BC. Five communities were selected to participate as mentees.

This initiative centred on the needs of remote and First Nations communities for tools and guidance in planning and implementing solar renewable energy projects. Renewable energy can reduce dependence on fossil fuel, reduce emissions, reduce energy costs and help communities reach their economic, social and environmental sustainability goals. The initiative has helped build capacity by sharing knowledge and experience among communities.

Mentorship Activities

Participants carried out mentorship activities over the course of two to four months during the fall and winter of 2010/2011. Activities were based on community needs, with a focus on project development and implementation. They included workshops, facility tours and one-on-one mentorships in five communities.

For more information, contact Vanadis Oviedo.

Solar Energy Workshop Presentations

Presentations from two events held in the fall of 2010 are available in PDF format:

Solar Energy Webinars
(October, 2010)

Solar Community Mentorship Program Workshop
T'Souke First Nation
(November 24, 2010)

Photo (top inset) courtesy of Taku River Tlingit First Nation

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.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel 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
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