Bonaparte Community Energy Plan

Developing a Community Energy Plan that includes a summary of energy consumption trends, energy efficiency opportunities, the installation of energy-saving equipment, and viable clean energy generation opportunities.

Project Type: Community Energy Plan
Energy Types Assessed : Solar and Energy Efficiency Assessment
Owned By: Bonaparte First Nation
Status: Complete
Project Start Date: 2019
Project Completion Date: 2020

Bonaparte First Nation is a member band of the Shushwap Nation Tribal Council. The Bonaparte First Nation community is located near Cache Creek, BC on approximately 1878 hectares of land.

BPG assisted on developing a Community Energy Plan for Bonaparte that provided a detailed summary of current energy consumption trends, energy efficiency opportunities, the installation of energy saving equipment in residences, and the identification of several viable clean energy generation opportunities.

EnerGuide Audits (EGAs) performed in 12 residences identified energy saving opportunities that would save an average of 7,788 kWh/year per home, or $893/year in utility savings. ASHRAE Level 2 audits were completed for 3 commercial buildings, identifying energy saving initiatives including a lighting retrofit and replacement of aging hot water tanks in the Community Hall, insulation upgrades in Community Hall attic and basement, investigation into unnecessary phantom loads in Band Office, heating upgrades in the Community Hall, and ongoing monitoring of MyHydro and propane consumption. Energy efficiency products were installed in 20 homes via participation in the Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP), resulting in an average estimated household savings of $184/year.

Several solar energy options were identified and assessed in terms of energy generation potential, levelized cost, and payback period. The assessment concluded that a 6.4 kW system on the Community Hall, an 80 kW system on the Band Office, a 6.4 kW system on the Head Start Building and a 23.5 kW system on the Public Works Office would be feasible and could reduce the electricity bills of all of these buildings to zero.

This project has received support from the New Relationship Trust, the Province of BC, and BC Hydro.