Energy Self Sufficiency

The Energy Self-Sufficiency team has two main goals:

  • We want to find ways in which island households can reduce their energy consumption
  • We hope to support transitions to sustainable, environmentally friendly, zero-emissions sources of electricity where possible.

Solar Energy

Our project to install a demonstration solar energy array on Quadra Elementary School has met with huge success! The community stepped forward in a big way to support our fundraising campaign, and the array became operational in the spring of 2022.

Also, we have had market demonstrations for Hot Water from the Sun, Solar as backup during a power outage, and small Solar Installations.  Watch for us at the ICAN table during the summer market.

Tidal Energy Proposal

We developed a proposal, submitted to the provincial government in 2020, to revivify a tidal energy project at Canoe Pass, a channel between Maud Island and Quadra Island just east of Seymour Narrows. The proposal hinged on government’s willingness to allow a non-profit island energy co-op to participate in BC Hydro’s net metering program. But despite being showcased as a Resilient BC Top 30 project by Dogwood Alliance, Minister Bruce Ralston’s department turned us down.

In the Media

We have published many articles in the Discovery Islander.  Here is a list.  Please go to the BACK ISSUES of the DI and click on the issue number to find the article.


  • Issue 729, p. 8: “Carbon costs of photovoltaic panels”
  • Issue 733, p. 2: “EfficiencyBC — contact government program for info on rebates for energy retrofits”
  • Issue 734, pp. 5–6: “Reviving Canoe Pass tidal energy project”
  • Issue 742, pp. 8–9: “Hot Water from the Sun”


  • Issue 752, p. 6: General ICAN; ICAN photo on front cover & run-down of first year on p. 6
  • Issue 758, p.10: initial description of QES solar project and request for donations
  • Issue 759, p. 10: progress report on QES fundraising
    Issue: 764, p. 10: “Fundraising for QES project a huge success”


  • Issue 774 COVER & p. 2: “Solar demo array on QES installed”


  • Issue 800, p. 10: “Wood Stoves Part 2”
  • Issue 801, p. 8: “Wood Stoves Part 3”
  • Issue 802, p. 8: “Wood Stoves, Part 4”
  • Issue 803, p. 18: “Wood Stoves, Part 5”
  • Issue 804, p. 6 & p. 13: “Wood Stoves, Part 6”
  • Issue 807, pp. 14–15: “Wood or Electricity?”

Campbell River Mirror also ran an article on the installation of the solar array on the school: 2022.02.17.

Future Projects?

Looking to the future, 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.

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