The community has set a goal of supplying 10 per cent of its own energy through clean-based energy projects by 2020, and the province argues that this will greatly help them in achieving that status.
“I’m pleased we have been able to provide assistance from this business fund to help the West Moberly First Nation with its energy plan,” says Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom. “Developing clean-energy alternatives is part of the government’s plan to promote economic and resource-based opportunities for First Nations within their own territory.”
West Moberly was the first B.C. First Nations community to be awarded the honour of “Solar Community” by SolarBC back in 2009, having completed a community energy plan in 2009 that set out the energy generation goal, along with reducing fuel use and energy use in community buildings. Solar hot water systems have already been installed in many buildings, including its commercial lodge and a home and five community members have also been trained in solar hot water installation.