Over the past decade, Vancouver Island’s T’Sou-ke First Nation has become a leader in renewable energy. Thanks to solar technologies, the community has reduced their environmental footprint, which reflects their strong values of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The Sun is the Earth’s main source of energy and can be captured in forms that we can use. The two main forms of solar energy are photovoltaic (electricity) and thermal (heat). Solar energy is considered one of the cleanest and most renewable sources of energy.
Solar photovoltaic is the form of energy created by converting the Sun’s rays to electricity. Solar panels, each containing a number of small cells made from silicon, create an electric current when the sunlight hits the solar cells. The electricity is delivered to homes and businesses in the T’Sou-ke community. Solar thermal technology is used to heat water. It also powers solar cooling systems.
The solar energy project demonstrates the relationship between the T’Sou-ke First Nation and the environment. Using the sun’s renewable energy reflects their values of sustainability and stewardship. We hear this in the message at the beginning of the video: “…and we all should take care of Mother Earth before we can ensure a healthy community and if we do that Mother Earth will be able to provide for us for our future generations.”