Nicknaqueet River Hydro,
RIVERS INLET BRITISH COLUMBIA
Construction site of the Nicknaqueet River Hydro project, in Rivers Inlet, on the central coast of B.C.
The 2017 federal budget set aside $715 million over 11 years to help communities get off diesel, either by generating their own renewable power or by hooking up to the grid. The latter wasn't an option for the Wuikinuxv nation, which learned in late 2013 that BC Hydro would not be providing their isolated community with electricity — despite plans to do so. That's when the nation's attention turned to the idea of locally generated, renewable electricity as a way of surviving off the grid.
A Run-of-river project is a less intrusive way than a traditional dam of diverting some of the river’s flow to power a turbine, eventually returning the water to its source at the same speed, and temperature at which it was taken. In Rivers Inlet the flow and temperature rate is extremely important because the Wannock River is home to the world's largest Chinook Salmon and several spawning locations.
This project when complete will provide 97% of the community’s energy use. Decreasing the risk of transporting, and the actual use of diesel to almost nothing.
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