HIAWATHA FIRST NATION, ONT. — Hiawatha First Nation is receiving federal funding of over $284,000 to install solar panels on its cultural centre.
The 73.5 kilowatt roof-mounted energy system will consist of 210 modules of 350-watt photovoltaic (PV) panels.
The energy it generates will increase the efficiency of the Cultural Centre and L.I.F.E (Lasting Individual Family Enrichment) Services building. The improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 21.4 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 tonnes annually, indicates a release.
The investment will reduce the facility’s energy costs, freeing up operational funds that will be reinvested in the community. The PV array will make the facility more energy autonomous, reducing the impact of energy disruptions and making it a more secure space for community members to gather during power outages, adds the release.