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T'Sou-ke First Nation community is a BC hot-spot for solar power

posted on 9:12 AM, November 17, 2010
The T’Souke First Nation is now serviced by three photo-voltaic systems, with a total capacity of 75kW.

The T’Sou-ke community on Vancouver Island is now equipped with three photo-voltaic (creating electricity from the sun) systems that bring power to several administrative buildings and its own government operations. With a total capacity of 75 kilowatts of energy, they have become the largest solar-powered community energy project in BC.

This achievement represents a year of hard work fundraising and building by the T’Sou-ke First Nation, guided by Project Leader Andrew Moore. As the projects materialized through early 2009, an additional goal emerged, namely to raise awareness so that other First Nation and off-grid communities could consider similar renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and programs.

The T’Sou-ke Solar Gathering on July 19, 2009 was highlighted by opening ceremonies, workshops, tours, and speakers, including Smart Planning for Communities Facilitator Peter Ostergaard who spoke about renewable energy and energy efficiency as vital components of any smart community planning program.

This was followed by similar events and a barbeque on July 20, to which the public was invited. During the events, funding program representatives and technical experts offered advice and assistance to visitors from First Nations and off-grid communities.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

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

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

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

T: 604 488-5350