BluEarth Renewables Inc. on May 25 celebrated the Culliton Creek Hydro Facility commissioning, with the new facility located near Squamish, British Columbia.
The celebration brought over 60 stakeholders to Culliton Creek to participate in a Traditional Potlatch Ceremony facilitated by the Squamish First Nation.
“It’s wonderful to see everyone and to celebrate the hard work and dedication that went into making Culliton Creek a reality,” said Grant Arnold, BluEarth’s President and CEO. “We are honoured that the Squamish Nation has agreed to share their land and resources, and grateful for the support of the local community. We look forward to continuing an open and prosperous relationship with the Squamish Nation for decades to come.”
Located approximately 20 kilometers north of Squamish, Culliton Creek is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with a nameplate capacity to generate up to 15 MW.
“It is good to see First Nations, Business and Environment working together,” said hereditary Chief Dale Harry of the Squamish First Nation. “The regular Implementation Committee meetings between the Nation and BluEarth helped keep our joint commitments on track, and also addressed concerns in a timely manner when they arose.”
During construction, Culliton Creek provided over 200,000 worker hours of employment, of which approximately 13% were from the Squamish Nation; exceeding First Nation labor targets. During peak construction periods, there were approximately 80 on-site jobs.
Headquartered in Calgary, BluEarth is a private, independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of wind, water, and solar projects, with a focus on Canada.