Designing and installing a large-scale integrated innovative energy system for the Hesquiaht First Nation.

Hesquiaht Place of Learning

Hesquiaht Place of Learning

49.368307, -126.271931

February 9, 2022

The Hesquiaht First Nation is located on the central west coast of Vancouver Island. Situated as the most northern of the 5 Central Region Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, Hesquiaht First Nations is accessible by an hour boat ride, or by seaplane, with no road access. Hesquiaht First Nation is made up of two communities, one located at the Hesquiaht Harbour and another at Hot Springs Cove.

The Hesquiaht First Nation presented Hakai Energy Solutions with a request to assist in designing and installing a large-scale integrated energy system. The region is designated as a biosphere reserve, making a functional and dependable renewable energy system incredibly vital. Upon further investigation, the Hesquiaht Place of Learning, a community centre for the region, presented itself as the ideal place for a solar installation. The building itself was constructed by the community, with the use of local resources, contributing to the overall significance of the space.

The Hakai team was grateful for the opportunity and took on the challenge to design an integrated innovative energy system. The system consists of (323) 405W solar panels which have a system capacity of 130.81kW. Now commissioned, this solar system complements the existing Ahtaapq Creek Hydro Generation project which helps the community reduce their dependence on diesel-electric generators and transition to renewable, clean energy sources.


System Specifications

Location Peak System Capacity Commissioning Date System Type Photovoltaics Inverters
Hesquiaht Place of Learning
Central West Coast Vancouver Island
130.81kW December 2021 Roof-mounted photovoltaic integrated with hydroelectric and diesel generator (323) 405W polycrystalline PV modules Two SMA core 1 inverters, one 50kW and one 62kW


System Performance Highlights

Annual photovoltaic energy generation Average annual energy yield (kWh/kWp) Estimated Diesel Use Reduction Lifetime reductions in CO2 emissions
125,660 kWh 125,660 kWh 15,700 L/year 1,449,000 kgCO2

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