The Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) is celebrating the completion of their wind power project located at the LSIB Elementary School. The recently installed small wind turbine will generate electricity for the school, act as a demonstration and educational tool for students and LSIB community members.
“This is the first step down the road to meeting sustainable green power initiatives for LSIB. The students will learn about renewable energy and how we can harness power from natural resources” said Chief Rob Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.
In partnership with TWN Wind Power and FortisBC, the 5kW S-343 Endurance Wind Power turbine is the first installation of its kind in the region.
”I want to congratulate the Lower Similkameen Chief, Council and everyone who worked to make this project a reality.” said Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. TWN Wind Power is a wholly owned company by Tsleil-Waututh. “We see the wind power business as an entry point into our goals to partner with First Nations communities in Renewable Energy projects.”
The 5kW S-343 turbine sits atop a 120’ tower, which can be lowered for annual maintenance. The project started in late August, 2011, and was completed in mid-October of the same year. The turbine is connected to the electrical grid, and generating electricity for the LSIB Elementary School.
“This is an excellent example of First Nations working together in renewable energy”, said Marc Soulliere, CEO of TWN Wind Power. “We are delighted to have worked on this project. As communities work together, jobs are created and economic opportunities are realized.”
More project pictures can be viewed on their Facebook page.
Video of the project can be viewed at www.youtube.com/twnwindpower
Source: TWN Windpower