FIELD, B.C. — David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay–Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a clean energy storage project.
“Our government is supporting innovative projects across the country and positioning Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology,” said MP 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.”
The Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund and BC Hydro each provided $6.5 million for this new one-megawatt battery unit. This facility is the first of its kind in Canada and will help provide a reliable supply of energy to the community of Field. The unit will store clean energy produced by BC Hydro that can be used to help meet the area’s electricity needs in the event of a power outage and reduce system load during peak demand periods. Ultimately, this will reduce the costs and environmental impact compared with other options such as diesel-generated power.
“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,” added Greg Reimer, Executive Vice-President of Transmission and Distribution, BC Hydro. “I would like to recognize Parks Canada for their generosity in providing us the space for this new unit as well as their cooperation and support throughout the project.”
This is just one of the innovative projects that the Clean Energy Fund is supporting to encourage the growth of a strong and competitive clean energy industry in Canada. Projects funded through this fund range from carbon capture and storage technologies, to wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy.