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Ulkatcho First Nation to house largest off-grid solar project in Canada 

April 19, 2024 at 1:35 pm  Federal, Politics

Anahim Lake, British Columbia, April 19, 2024 — A new solar energy project will provide the Ulkatcho First Nation with clean energy after a combined investment of $15,841,000 from the federal and provincial governments.

Announced by Minister Sean Fraser, Minister George Heyman, and President Chris O’Riley this project is set to reduce the need for diesel generation in the remote community by about 64% — equal to a reduction of 1.1 million litres of diesel a year – and it is estimated to be the largest off-grid solar project in Canada.

Located in Anahim Lake in Central B.C., the Ulkatcho First Nation’s power is currently 100% diesel generated. After scientific studies and a business case were completed, it was determined that solar power was the best alternative energy solution for the community.

To transition the community to clean energy, a solar power plant will be built by Ulkatcho Energy Corporation south of Anahim Lake. The project also includes the construction of new access roads and paths, control and monitoring of the new facility, fire management, security, signage, and other related assets. BC Hydro will buy the solar energy through a Community Electricity Purchase Agreement and integrate the energy into its microgrid through a line interconnection and battery energy storage system to then serve the community.

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