Harnessing Waves: Yuquot First Nation Chooses CalWave for Pioneering Microgrid Project

CalWave to provide technology for British Columbia wave energy project.

In Yuquot, British Columbia, Canada, the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation (MMFN) has chosen wave energy technology developer CalWave as the technology provider for a wave energy project. Located on Nootka Island, Yuquot is the traditional home of the MMFN and a center of fish and fur trading for thousands of years until almost all residents were forced to relocate to Vancouver Island. Now, the MMFN aims to reclaim their land, rebuild their community and use North Pacific waves to power their new microgrid for energy independence.

The project is funded by a grant from TD Bank Group and the Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities Program within Natural Resources Canada. The consortium of partners includes The Pacific Research Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at the University of Victoria, Barkley Project Group, Canpac Marine Services, and Environmental Dynamics Inc. This first-of-a-kind wave energy project for coastal community microgrids may serve as a blueprint for other coastal communities along the North American Pacific Coast and beyond.

The feasibility and design phase is currently underway to collect information necessary for the MMFN to make an informed decision on full project buildout. Azar Kamran, CEO of MMFN expressed his desire to establish Yuquot as a leader in innovation in community building and clean energy development. CalWave, a California-based wave energy technology developer with a proven track record was named a winner of Wave Energy Prize by U.S Department of Energy in 2016 and secured four R&D contracts from DOE Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO). CalWave has already demonstrated its first open-ocean system offshore San Diego California and is contracted to deploy its first utility grid-connected system at PacWave test site off central Oregon coast making it an ideal choice for this project.

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