The first phase pilot project saw home energy bill cut in half.
Kwadacha Nation Energy Efficiency Initiative
Kwadacha Tseke’ene people’s traditional territory includes the Finlay river basin at its heart. The main community is located at the confluence of Finlay, Kwadacha and Fox rivers in the Rocky Mountain Trench, about 570 km north of Prince George, BC. There are about 90 occupied homes in the community. Kwadacha is accessible by plane or logging road from Prince George.
Reducing Energy Costs – Kwadacha is an off-grid diesel community that pays BC Hydro’s Zone II rates. High electricity costs makes it difficult for community members to be able to afford to heat and maintain their homes. Annual electricity bills can run from $5,000 to $6,000 per year.
Some homes in Kwadacha were also not built for the climate in the North. So, it takes a lot of energy to heat them. So, not only is electricity expensive, but homes in Kwadacha which were fitted with electric furnaces use a lot of electricity. Energy costs are, therefore, a real burden for households in Kwadacha.
Supporting Renewable Energy – Kwadacha Nation is pursuing the development of a community renewable energy project. Reducing the community’s energy use, would allow the nation to meet a larger portion of its needs with renewable energy.