Due to their remote locations, many Indigenous communities in Canada are not connected to any external electricity infrastructure. There are 175 Indigenous communities in Canada that are disconnected from transmission lines, 25 of which are located in Ontario. These “off-grid” communities usually use diesel fuel to generate electricity.
Diesel, however, is an open-ended expense for these communities and diesel generators produce a harmful exhaust that can cause health problems. Furthermore, the diesel generators producing electricity in many Indigenous communities are running at full capacity, meaning there is no electricity available for new buildings. The result is delays in constructing new houses and schools, which poses a significant problem for growing population bases, and restricted local economic growth.
To reduce dependency upon diesel fuel, DAI has partnered with several First Nations to bring clean, renewable photovoltaic technology to their communities. The electricity produced by the solar installations reduces demand for diesel fuel, which means lower fuel costs and less pollution produced by the generators.
Click on the projects below to learn more about DAI’s successful solar projects in Northern Ontario.