Indigenous community launches solar powered health centre

One of Alberta’s biggest solar projects has been built in one of the most unlikely places—the heart of Canada’s Peace River oil sands. This summer the community of Little Buffalo launched the Piitapan Solar Project, a 20.8kW renewable energy installation that powers the health centre. The inspiring 80-panel solar project was developed in a bid to create more green jobs and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Solar in the Tar Sands: The coming of a new era in Alberta

It's the coming of a new era here in northern Alberta, we're looking away from the #tarsands and up to the sun for energy, launching #lubiconsolar in the community of Little Buffalo, home to the Lubicon Cree.We are one of the first communities to install a top of pole mount system, erecting 80 solar panels high in the air. We've trained our youth to build future solar projects as well. WATCH & SHARE this video to spread the word about how we're fighting for clean energy independence right here in the heart of the tar sands.

Posted by Lubicon Solar on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SOLAR IN THE TAR SANDS features community members of Lubicon Lake installing solar panels for their community health center. After decades of detrimental impacts from immense resource extraction and a recent massive oil spill in Lubicon territory, our community is showing the world and other First Nation communities that the shift to renewables is possible.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this project a reality.

  • Lubicon Lake Band
  • W Dusk Energy Group
  • Bullfrog power
  • Honor the Earth Foundation
  • Jane Fonda
  • ELSE
  • Canadian Energy
  • Kuby Renewable Energy
  • Fronius
  • Swiss Solar Tech
  • J.Starr Engineering
  • Greenpeace


To learn more about this project or access the video for screenings, please contact:

Melina Laboucan-Massimo: info@lubiconsolar.ca