Scarlett Point Lightstation Renewable Power Generation System

DFO and CCG are proposing to install a renewable energy system at the Scarlett Point Lightstation. The lightstation is staffed by two lightkeepers 24/7 as per maritime safety requirements. Currently, the station is powered by diesel fuel powered generators, which supply electricity to the two residences, lighthouse, weather monitoring system, and the many other buildings and assets on station. The proposed design was chosen as a means to reduce the fuel consumption on site by incorporating renewable sources of energy.

This proposed project involves the installation of an array of four 5 m x 3 m solar arrays with supporting concrete footings, with a footprint of approximately 60 m2, as well as two 3 kW wind turbines with 2.2 m x 2.2 m concrete foundations. The new infrastructure will be connected to an energy storage system comprised of batteries and inverters, housed in the existing engine building.

Ground disturbance is expected in the areas where concrete foundations will be laid, as well as the conduit lines. A buried conduit or cable tray of 30 m in length will be installed alongside the walkways from the proposed solar array to the engine building where the battery banks will be stored.

Helicopter slinging will be used to mobilize and demobilize equipment. If materials cannot be transported solely by helicopter, then a barge may be required.

The project is estimated to start in September and be completed by November 2023. Work is anticipated to be completed in phases; construction and commissioning. The construction phase will take place in May through to June 2023, with an approximate duration of 14 working days. Completing the electrical portion of the works and commissioning the system will take place in June through to September 2023, with an approximate duration of 21 working days. The dates listed above are subject to weather delays.


Latest update

[September  8, 2023] – DFO has issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Emily Sapsford
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
Emily Sapsford, Project Engineer
200 - 401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S4
Telephone: 250-217-0323

  • Location

    • Scarlett Point Lightstation, Balaklava Island (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
    • Alternative Energy
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Real Property, Safety and Security
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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