For Immediate Release
May 25, 2016
Vancouver, BC- The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) congratulates BluEarth Renewables Inc., in partnership with the Squamish First Nation, on the commissioning of the Culliton Creek hydro project.
Located approximately 20 km north of Squamish, BC, Culliton Creek can generate up to 15 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity, which is enough to power approximately 5,900 homes.
BluEarth Renewables collaborated with the Squamish First Nations to ensure that Culliton Creek will provide ongoing, long-term economic benefits to the region. During construction, Culliton Creek provided over 200,000 hours of employment, of which approximately 13 per cent were from the Squamish First Nation.
One of the central findings of CEBC’s Local Legacies report is that First Nations who participate in clean energy projects benefit through employment, training, procurement, and impact benefit and revenue sharing agreements. “This project represents another example of how clean energy projects play an important role in empowering First Nations,” said Paul Kariya, Executive Director of CEBC.
“In a climate changing World we need to transition to use far more affordable clean and renewable sources of energy to power our society,” Kariya stated. “As well as the jobs and investments these projects bring to First Nation and local economies, they are a pathway to how we need to do modern natural resource development in British Columbia.”
BluEarth Renewables is a private, independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of wind, water, and solar projects, with a focus on Canada. For more information, please visit www.bluearth.ca.
The Clean Energy Association of BC represents 160 members who develop and operate reliable, responsible and affordable clean and renewable energy projects in cooperation with BC Hydro. A dozen First Nations are also members of the private-sector industry association.
Contact: Paul Kariya