“We offer our warmest congratulations to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation on the successful completion of the Winchie Creek Hydro project. We have been working together with the Nation in the development of their clean energy portfolio for 16 years, and Winchie Creek is the third hydropower project to come on line, following on the successes of Canoe Creek Hydro (2010) and Haa-ak-suuk Creek Hydro (2014). These three facilities, owned and operated by the Nation will generate renewable energy for generations to come. We take a lot of pride in what we have accomplished together and we are grateful for our relationship with Tla-o-qui-aht, which is rooted in a shared vision and a commitment to the hard work it takes to build a sustainable economy. I want to extend a special thanks to Saya Masso and Jamie Bassett, without whom these projects would not exist. Saya and Jamie have been unflagging in their vision and determination to develop these projects for the Nation, and we are grateful for the trust and friendship that they have extended to us.” – Iain Cuthbert, President Barkley Project Group
NEWS RELEASE – Winchie Creek Hydro Grand Opening – fully owned by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
(Tofino, B.C.) The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (TFN) is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Winchie Creek hydropower facility, on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. This 4-Megawatt clean energy facility is the first hydropower facility wholly owned by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and is the Nations’ third hydropower facility in their Economic Development Portfolio.
Similar to the Nations’ Canoe Creek (2010) and Haa-ak-suuk Creek (2014) hydropower plants, Winchie Creek is located in the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations traditional territory (Ha’wiih Haahoulthlee) in Clayoquot Sound and will generate electricity for sale to BC Hydro under a 40-year agreement. The three facilities help to generate the electricity that powers the homes and business in Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni and surrounding communities. These facilities provide an important source of clean, reliable and environmentally sustainable electricity on Vancouver Island, which imports approximately 70 % of its electricity from the mainland….Read Article