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3TuesdayApril292014WHATTAKEAFREETEST-DRIVEANDFORDOFCANADAWILLDONATEUPTO6000TOYOURSCHOOL.Themorepeoplewhodrivethemoreyoullearnforyourschool.Youdothemath.WHEREWHENFortSmithRecreationandCommunityCentreMay32014GoFurtherNOPURCHASENECESSARY.Mustbe18yearsofageorolderwithavaliddriverslicense.Donationof20pervalidtestdriveupto300totaltestdrivesforamaximumtotaldonationsof6000perevent.Limitonedonationperhousehold.PhotoscourtesyofKeepersoftheAthabascaOilsandsaskedtofinanceFortChipsolarprojectACFNgettingballrollingbyinstallingrstsolarpanelsthisspringByMEAGANWOHLBERGAfterlivingintheshadowoftheoilsandsforoverfourdecadespeopleinFortChipewyanarehopingthegiantfossilfuelindustrylocatedupstreamnearFortMcMurraywillhelpshedamorepositivelightonthecommunitybyfundingagroundbreakingresidentialsolarenergyproject.MembersoftheAtha-bascaChipewyanFirstNa-tionACFNledbyACFNmemberandfounderoftheFortChipewyanRenewableEnergySocietyMikeMer-crediarecurrentlyintalkswithSuncorEnergyaboutnancingasolarprojectthatwouldseepanelsinstalledoneveryACFNhouseholdandbuildinginthecommu-nity-approximatelyhalfofthehamlets700homes.Itwouldsavethemalotofmoneyforone.Inaplaceofhighcostoflivingandwherepowerbillsare300-400amonththatsjustmoneytheyregoingtosaveMercreditoldTheJournal.Wereisolatedandinanareathatsnoteasilyaccessiblesofuelsarecostly.Itsjustusingcommonsensethatifwehadsomethingthatdidntcostsomuchmaybeitwillworkforus.Mercrediwhohasbeendreamingofbringingre-newableenergiestotheremotenorthernAlbertacommunityforyearssaidhismotivationisnotonlytolowercostsoflivingforpeoplerightnowbuttoin-stillanewwayoflookingatenergysources-andfueldependency-intheyoungergenerations.Ourgenerationissousedtoickingonthelightandknowingthatitscom-ingfromapowergeneratorthatspoweredbydieselwhichisafossilfuel.Soifwecanplantinthenextgen-erationsheadthatthelighttheyickedoncamefromthesunandfromthelandandnotfromanon-renew-ableresourcethenhope-fullythatsgoingtochangetheirconsciousthinkingabouthowwecandothingsinthefuturehesaid.Itsbasicallyhelpingthenextgenerationmoveahead-thetoolstostepfurtherratherthanussteppinginthesamemudpuddle.Andinacommunitywheremanypeopleworkforthenearbyoilsandsin-dustrydespiteitsimpactsonthewaterlandandtradi-tionallivelihoodsMercredisaiddemonstratingthataviablealternativeexistsisimportant.Itsshowingourindepen-dencealittlebithesaid.SolarcouldpowerwholecommunityMercrediconductedhisownrenewableenergyfea-sibilitystudyforthecommu-nityyearsagowiththehelpofKeepersoftheAthabascaalocalenvironmentalorga-nizationwhoalsogotthePembinaInstituteonboardtodoanenergyauditofFortChipewyan.Thendingsshowedstrongpotentialforsolarinthecommunity.Ifwewereabletoswitchoverentirelysolarwouldbeabletopowertheentirecom-munityforfreeMercredisaid.Potentialalsoexistsaroundsmall-scalehydrowindandevenbiogascaptureprojectsinthecommunity.AccordingtoMercrediwindcouldaccountforabout71percentofFortChipewy-anspowerannuallythoughanevenbettersolutionwouldbearunoftheriversmall-scalehydroturbinethatwouldrequirealotmorefundingtogetofftheground.Beyondthattherespo-tentialforgeothermalheat-ingandpowerfrombiogascaptureatthelandllMer-credisaid.Thereareothersourcesthathaventbeentouchedbutrightnowwerefocus-ingonsolarbecauseitsvi-ablehesaid.ACFNgettingballrollingthisspringTheresidentialsolarproj-ectwouldbepartoftheFirstNationsimpactbenetagree-mentwithSuncorwhichhasfundedthingslikecommunityplaygroundsinthepast.NegotiatingsuchimpactbenefitagreementswithindustrycantakeyearssaidMercrediwhonotedtheballisnowinthecompanyscourt.Thatsaidthecommunityisntabouttositaroundandwaittogetthingsrolling.InhisrolewiththerenewablessocietyMercredialreadymanagedtosecurea7500grantfromtheAlbertaEco-trustFoundation.Thatmoneywillgototraining.HavingteamedupwithRandallBensonofGridworksEnergyGroupaMtissolarenergycompanyintheMcMurrayareaMer-credisaidaroundsixinter-estedcommunitymemberswillsoonlearneverythingtheyneedtoknowaboutin-stallingsolarpanels.PartofitisalsocreatingemploymentMercredisaid.IfwegetthemoneyfromSun-cortodotheACFNmembershomesthenourcommunitymemberswillbetheonesthatwillbedoingtheinstallation.MercredisaidACFNhasalreadypurchasedsolarpan-elsforitsYouthandElderLodgetobeinstalledintimeforthissummerwithGridworksandthenewel-derscarefacilitymayalsofollowsuit.ThosecouldbeaidedbyprivatefundingfromTomSteyerawealthyclimatechangeactivistfromCalifor-niaknownasthegreenbil-lionairewhowasrecentlyinFortChipewyantoseehowhismoneycouldhelpthecommunity.Ifthoseprojectsaresuc-cessful-andifSuncorcomesonboardwithACFNspro-posal-MercredisaidtheinitiativecouldspreadlikeawaveacrossthecommunitysparkingsimilaractionbytheMikisewCreeFirstNa-tionandtheFortChipewyanMetisandbeyond.IcansharewiththemhowweallgotitstartedgotitgoingandhowtogetthefundingMercredisaid.AndiftheideaworkstheressomanyotherisolatedFirstNationscommunitiesinNorthernCanada.Ifitworkshereitsgoingtoworkthere.MikeMercredianACFNmemberandfounderoftheFortChipRenewableEnergySocietypresentsinformationonsolarpoweratacommunitymeetingin2012.EnvironmentCleanEnergy