The Energy Self-Sufficiency team has two main goals. We’re concerned to find ways in which island households can reduce their energy consumption; and we also hope to support transitions to sustainable, environmentally friendly, zero-emissions sources of electricity where possible.
We have developed a proposal, recently submitted to the provincial government, to revivify a tidal energy project at Canoe Pass, a channel between Maud Island and Quadra Island just east of Seymour Narrows. The proposal to the government is exploratory and hinges on government’s willingness to allow a non-profit island energy co-op to participate in BC Hydro’s net metering program. If the government agrees to instruct BC Hydro to accommodate this suggestion, we will begin the necessary liaison with local First Nations and the rest of Quadra Island to ascertain if the project has the requisite community support. Further environmental technical studies would also be required before the project could be approved.
We have also sent press releases to local media about solar panels and about a provincial program that provides financial assistance to householders for energy-saving retrofits.
We have plans for workshops on window insulation, on testing, cleaning, and recharging batteries, and on the pros and cons of various solar water heating systems. We would like to explore the feasibility of powering some aspects of the Quadra Community Centre with renewable energy, and we hope to support the development of micro-solar, micro-hydro, and micro-wind projects on the island, through initiatives like bulk purchases of materials and community workshops.
Have an idea for us? Want to help out with one of the projects underway? We would greatly welcome your involvement! Please email us here, and we’ll be in touch.