Utility BC Hydro and David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, have cut the ribbon on a 1 MW clean energy storage project in British Columbia.
The Government of Canada's Clean Energy Fund and BC Hydro each provided C$6.5 million for the new battery unit. The unit will store clean energy produced by BC Hydro that can be used to help meet the Field, B.C., community's electricity needs in the event of a power outage and reduce system load during peak demand periods.
"Our government is supporting innovative projects across the country and positioning Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology," said Wilks. "Projects like this not only support high-quality jobs, but also demonstrate how we can use renewable energy sources to help protect the environment."
Greg Reimer, BC Hydro's executive vice president of transmission and distribution, added, "The completion of this project means people living in Field now have a clean source of reliable back-up power. It will also give us an opportunity to share our knowledge with other utilities in the country who face the same challenges."