Kwadacha First Nation step closer to building biomass facility

The Kwadacha First Nation is a step closer to replacing diesel generators that power its reserve with a biomass facility. 

The isolated nation, located on the north side of Williston Reservoir, received a $250,000 grant to build a bioenergy facility from Northern Development Initiative Trust. 

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The plant would provide around 145 kilowatts of energy for the community of 300. 

In February, Kwadacha First Nation Chief Donny Van Somer said the co-generation facility would burn wood waste and offset the cost of fuel for its BC Hydro generators—which were supplied to power the off the grid community. 

"We're trying to get off fossil fuels as much as possible,” Van Somer said in February. "As isolated as we are, the more self sufficient we can be, the better.” The nation would still have to use some diesel power, he said. 

The facility would cost around $4 million. The $250,000 grant is contingent on the band securing other funding sources and beginning work on the project within 12 months.

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