Piikani Nation had just expanded its renewable energy folder to solar energy after the completion of two solar projects in the community. The solar projects where installed at Piikani Resource Development LTD. (PRDL) as well as the Peigan Board of Education (PBOE). Both projects are designed to offset power consumption for each of the buildings.
The solar panels installed at the Piikani Nation schools also act as a learning aspect for students of Piikani Nation. The solar panels give the students the advantage to learn hands on about renewable energy and how this energy will help prevent against global warming.
Both projects hold a significant amount of solar capacity, with the Peigan Board of Education panels holding 16-kilowatt capacity and Piikani Resource Development holding 6-kilowatt capacity. As well as they both have a 25-year preference and hold up against 125-kilometer winds.
Alongside Montana First Nation Piikani Nation is the second reserve in Alberta to invest in solar energy.
“Piikani Nation has traditionally been respectful stewards of our land, resources and our environment. As demonstrated by our current implementation of exploring renewable energy resources though our wind turbine operation and implementing the two new solar projects within the Piikani Nation further substantiates our commitment to environmentally friendly renewable energy.” Chief Stanley Grier.
Funding for the project was secured from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program and the Piikani Nation Chief and Council. PRDL & with the assistance of Jessica Bekker through BVIC and PBOE technical had a great competitive Request for Proposals, to make the final selection. The total cost of the project is $100,000.