DEER LAKE FIRST NATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CANADA
Canadian Solar Partners in Providing a Hybrid System for a Remote Community.
In April 2014, Canadian Solar and their partner NCC Development successfully completed their first diesel hybrid PV system in the remote microgrids in northern Ontario, Canada. The 152 kW rooftop solar array at Deer Lake First Nation Elementary School was connected and installed by Canadian Solar along with their dedicated partners. This was the first project in an ongoing commitment to use renewable energy microgrid solutions to support the energy needs of off-grid First Nations and other remote communities.
Serving the First Nations of Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill and McDowell Lake located in Northern Ontario, NCC has identified more than 80 First Nations and other remote communities for potential renewable energy microgrid solution deployment. Their objective is to promote photovoltaic services and projects to areas that are heavily reliant on diesel and challenged by limited access to electricity.
“Our partnership with NCC started three years ago. It underscores our strong commitment to Canada, helping to bring solar power to areas unable to connect to the grid. Solar offers a green, flexible, low-cost and sustainable energy solution to the underserved First Nations and other remote communities. We are proud of our involvement in this important effort and the direct impact we will have on so many deserving families,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.