Major Clean Energy Projects

B.C. has an abundance of renewable energy sources, providing a natural advantage for clean, renewable power.

Most clean energy is sold to BC Hydro customers via their distribution grid. It is also used to power remote communities or individual commercial operations.

Clean energy projects make up about 40% of all major projects in B.C.

Water Power

Run-of-the-river and micro hydro projects generate electricity using the natural, steady flow of water in a river. To do this, some water is diverted into a channel, pipeline or penstock where it spins turbines to transform kinetic energy into electrical energy through a generator.

Wind Power

These projects use wind turbines — windmills attached to electrical generators — to generate electricity. Modern wind turbines adapt to various wind and weather conditions and can be installed on land or offshore.

Ocean Energy

This includes energy harnessed from the ocean’s tides, currents and waves. Electricity can be generated using the potential energy stored in waves, from their height, speed, length and water density. It can also be created using the flow of water during the rise and fall of tides.

Solar Energy

Solar power is a renewable energy generated by converting energy from the sun into electricity. Solar energy specific policy and guidance information will be developed in the future.


This renewable energy comes from organic bio-mass sources like trees, crops, agricultural and aquaculture waste, or municipal solid waste. It is used to create electricity, heat, wood pellets, liquid fuels like ethanol and bio-diesel, bio-gas and hydrogen.

Proponent Guides

Inter-agency guide: Find information and advice on how to successfully navigate all the project phases and agencies associated with a clean energy major project.

Development plan guide: Access information requirements that are typically needed to support provincial decision-making for clean energy project development plans.