White River First Nation's solar project aims to reduce reliance on diesel power

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One of the smallest First Nations in the Yukon is making a big move toward offsetting diesel emissions in the community of Beaver Creek.

 ATCO Electric Yukon and White River First Nation have signed an electricity purchase agreement to help the community achieve greater energy autonomy and generate economic benefits for the next 30 years.

With a population of approximately 93 citizens, the entire community relies on three diesel generators for their electricity. 

The diesel generators are operated by ATCO Electric.

One part of the agreement outlines the construction of 5,000 solar panels.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said John Vander Meer, president of Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership (CNLP), the business operations entity of the White River Development Corporation. 

“We’ve

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