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Building a network of clean energy systems: A case study of the T'Sou-ke First Nation solar project
Ananya Bhattacharya (author)Paul Bowles (thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences (Degree granting institution)Fiona MacPhail (committee member)Kyrrke Gaudreau (committee member)
Master of Arts (MA)
1 online resource (120 pages)
During the last ten years, several Aboriginal communities in British Columbia (BC) have built various forms of clean energy systems with some form of government and private support. There is, however, little comprehensive scholarly analysis of these projects, ones that evaluate their ability to meet the interests of a community and the factors determining their success. This research undertakes a case study analysis of a solar energy project in BC installed in 2009 by the T’Sou-ke First Nation, near the southern tip of Vancouver Island. In this research, I examine the evolution of the solar project, assess the impacts of the project on the community, and evaluate the replicability of the project in other communities. The results of my case study are as follows: First, the solar project evolved as a result of comprehensive Community Planning by the community. Second, the solar project had four main impacts on the community namely, limited energy autonomy, a small net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, short to medium term employment benefits, and local community and other economic benefits. Third, the main component of the project, that is, the grid-tied PV systems is still difficult to replicate in other communities without any form of government and private support. I also identify the lessons from this project that will be helpful for other communities interested in solar and other clean energy projects.
T'Sou-ke First NationSolar energy--Evaluation