The Kitasoo Hydropower Project services the Kitasoo-Xai’xais First Nation community of Klemtu in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Upgrades to existing infrastructure, including active storage at Baron Lake, will allow for greater power output from the facility.
Increasing renewable energy generation reduces the diesel dependency of the community and supports population growth and economic opportunities. The Kitasoo and Xai’xais people are committed to pursuing economic development opportunities that sustain the Klemtu community while protecting and enhancing the Kitasoo-Xai’xais culture and heritage.
We are proud to be able to transition into a greener, more environmentally friendly community and look forward to the new opportunities that this project will bring to our community. - Roxanne Robinson
Kitasoo/Xai’xais Council said the upgrades will save money for the community, which will go toward a wastewater treatment plant, a larger water treatment facility, a new community hall and a new subdivision. The upgrades are expected to reduce carbon emissions in Klemtu by about 11,160 tonnes over the hydropower facility’s operating life.
The remote coastal community of Klemtu, B.C., has been granted $4.6 million to transition from diesel to hydroelectric power. Klemtu, which is only accessible by boat or plane, currently generates a significant amount of its power through diesel.
The Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation is receiving funding through the province’s Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) program to modernize the Baron Lake hydroelectric power facility.