Indigenous Leadership Drives Groundbreaking Wave Energy Project in British Columbia

Indigenous-Led Wave Energy Project in Canada Chooses CalWave Technology

In a major development, CalWave has been selected as the technology provider for a wave energy project in Yuquot, British Columbia (BC) in collaboration with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation (MMFN). The Indigenous-led project is backed by funding from TD Bank Group and the Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities Program by Natural Resources Canada.

The goal of the project is for the MMFN to reclaim their land, rebuild their community, and harness the energy from the North Pacific waves to support their new microgrid. This wave energy project at Yuquot represents an exciting step towards sustainable energy solutions for Indigenous communities and beyond.

Azar Kamran, CEO of the MMFN, highlighted the historical significance of Yuquot as a trade hub and expressed the community’s vision to establish Yuquot as a center for innovation in community building and clean energy development. The project at Yuquot could potentially serve as a model for similar projects along the North American Pacific Coast and globally.

The partners involved in this project include Pacific Research Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED), Barkley Project Group, Canpac Marine Services, and Environmental Dynamics. They are working together with CalWave to develop this groundbreaking initiative for coastal community microgrids. The feasibility and design phase of this project is currently underway with aims to gather information that will help inform an informed decision on moving forward with full project implementation.

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