The Okabagan Indian Band is investigating solar power.

The Okabagan Indian Band is investigating solar power.

Okanagan Indian Band pursues solar power

The band will receive $18,000 through the B.C. First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund

Exploring solar energy to enhance community power is the focus of a new energy plan being developed by the Okanagan Indian Band.

The band will receive $18,000 through the B.C. First Nations Clean  Energy Business Fund to identify ways for the community to benefit from  solar power. This includes a feasibility study on the  viability of a solar rooftop system.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the band as we explore clean solar power and the many potential benefits it can  provide to our community,” said Chief Byron Louis.

Hedgehog Technologies has been hired to develop the plan in consultation with the band. This includes conducting an  energy audit and a cost-benefit analysis.

“Not only will the plan examine and look to improve local energy efficiency, it also looks at potential new economic opportunities for community members,” said Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA.