The Ktunaxa Nation has officially turned on their solar array and electric vehicle charger.
A ceremony was held Saturday in downtown Cranbrook.
119 panels on the Ktunaxa government building roof will generate 45 thousand kilowatts a year or enough energy to power four homes.
Chief Administrative Officer Darrin Jamieson says the project is a representation of their environmental stewardship values.
He asserts nature gives us everything we need and the sun is our strongest source of energy.
Jamieson explains “back in the old days”, when we didn’t have the technology we have today, we we’re still able to live off the land.
However, in a modern day context and with the innovations we’ve made, Jamieson this green project is a modern example of that stewardship.
He suggests it’s a small step but they themselves embarking on many similar initiatives moving forward, not just for their government building but in all of their communities.
The Ktunaxa CAO also credits the numerous partners who helped make the project possible such as Columbia Basin Trust, Solar Now and Accelerate Kootenays.
In an impressive effort, the whole project – from the time the panels were ordered to when they were installed – only took 51 days.
However, Jamieson insists what’s means even more to them is how all these parties appreciated and understand the significance to the Ktunaxa Nation of environmental stewardship.
A level two e-vehicle charging station was also unveiled Saturday and will be part of the elaborate Accelerate Kootenays clean transportation network.
Accelerate Kootenays is an ongoing two year $1.5 million clean transportation initiative.
It aims to install 53 charging stations across the wider region and connect 1,870 km of electric travel.
The first charging station of the network was unveiled in Cranbrook in April.
The level two station at the Ktunaxa building will support it.
— Josh Hoffman (@JoNoHoffman) September 23, 2017
– Ktunaxa Nation CAO Darrin Jamieson