Successful Dehcho Community Renewable Energy Forum

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA), Dehcho First Nations (DFN), and the Pembina Institute are pleased with their jointly coordinated effort in hosting the “Dehcho Community Renewable Energy Forum” that took place in February at the Snowshoe Centre in Fort Providence. Up to 60 people gathered for this event over an evening and a day, including DFN Chiefs and Elders along with community representatives (band office/municipal staff, youth delegates) and a variety of technical and community resource people. The gathering space buzzed with positive energy as delegates immersed themselves in a variety of engaging discussions about renewable energy technologies.

Technical staff from AEA, Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), NWT Power Corporation, NWT Housing Corporation and a number of community representatives (Liidlii Kue First Nation, Hamlet of Fort Liard, Village of Fort Simpson, Sambaa K’e First Nation / Trout Lake, Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation / Kakisa) shared their experience with Forum delegates in a number of topic table discussions on the following aspects of solar and biomass (wood) systems:

  • Basic biomass boiler systems
  • Biomass fuels (wood, chips, pellets) and harvest/woodlot management
  • Biomass district heating systems
  • Operations and maintenance of wood and wood pellet systems - “Burn it Smart”
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-tied systems
  • Off-grid solar PV systems
  • Operations and maintenance of solar electricity and hot water systems
  • Solar hot water heating systems
  • Getting started on a renewable energy project (solar or biomass)

A number of valuable renewable energy resource materials to support these topics were also made available throughout the event and can be obtained by contacting the AEA Yellowknife office.

In addition to the contributions (both cash and in-kind) of the joint coordination team (AEA, DFN, Pembina Institute) and the Sambaa K’e First Nation, Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation, the Snowshoe Inn, and all the technical and community resource people, this event was made possible through the financial support of the GNWT’s Alternative Energy Technologies Program that is delivered by ENR.

“Mahsi cho” to all delegates and to everyone who made it possible for this Renewable Energy Forum to be the success that it was!

The picture shows a group of people discussing solar hot water with a staff member from AEA’s Yellowknife office and a staff member from the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.