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Northern Solar Project

Are you interested in powering your northern home or business with solar energy?

Many folks in the north are already producing their own renewable energy, but many more would like to start and don’t know how. This project is our way of helping out. 

We aim to answer your questions about solar energy in an interactive and easy-to-understand way.

We will collect data from our two solar demonstration and research sites for two years to assess the feasibility of solar electric systems in the northwest region. Along the way, we will present our findings to communities all over the northwest to help individuals, families, and local governments make the best energy decisions they can. 

Click the links below to see the live data from the solar demonstration sites, read the solar FAQ, and stay tuned for more upcoming energy workshops.

 

NORTHERN SOLAR PROJECT

Hazelton Solar Demonstration Site

Location: Storytellers’ Foundation. 1600 Omineca St, Old Hazelton (Gitxsan territory), BC. Phone: 250 842 6500.

Hours: Drop in anytime to see the panels and the solar display inside, or call ahead to set up a school or other community group tour. We would love to see you there.

The Hazelton site consists of 6 roof-top solar panels that were installed by community members at a workshop in the fall of 2013. The solar panels are grid-tie (meaning that any excess electricity is fed into the grid and sold to BC Hydro). More details in FAQ below. Electricity production is now being recorded and broadcast online. 

*Note on Live Data: We had to replace the monitoring unit on Feb. 23, 2015, and so the data before this date will not show up on the live feed. Stay tuned for 2 year summary data coming soon. 

Need help reading the live solar data? Click this helpful diagram.

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Terrace Solar Demonstration Project

Location: Northwest Residential Solar Demonstration Site, 4826 Walsh Ave., Terrace (Tsimshian territory), BC. Phone: 250 615 4026.

Hours: Call ahead to see the panels and the solar display inside or to set up a school or other community group tour. We look forward to seeing you!

The Terrace site consists of 8 thin-film (a newer technology that works better in low-light conditions) roof-top solar panels that were installed by community members at a workshop in the fall of 2013. The solar panels are grid-tie (meaning that any excess electricity is fed into the grid and sold to BC Hydro). More details in FAQ below. Electricity production is now being recorded and broadcast online. 

 

 

Solar FAQ

So I’m interested in solar energy, what are the basics I need to know?

Start by looking over the questions here. These are the most common questions we receive about solar energy. There’s info on cost of systems, how long solar panels last, where to find a solar installer, and more. Also see the infographics at the bottom.

If you have more questions, please call or email us.

Community Solar Workshop – Hazelton, Nov. 2013.