NATIONAL NEWS

BC First Nations receive additional $4.5M for energy projects

The federal government, the Province of British Columbia, and New Relationship Trust announced a commitment August 30 totalling $9.5 million in renewed funding and support for the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI).

          In addition to the renewed support for BCICEI, New Relationship Trust has also announced the latest funding recipients under the initiative.

          Through Indigenous Services Canada’s Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI), the Government of Canada has invested $4.5 million in renewed funding over three years towards the BCICEI. That funding will complement the $5 million in funding that the Province of British Columbia announced in April through CleanBC to help bridge the gap in early stage funding for clean energy ventures.

          Launched in 2016, and with $4.2 million in federal funding, the BCICEI is a partnership between Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and New Relationship Trust. The BCICEI Advisory Committee consists of Indigenous clean energy business leaders, multiple federal departments and provincial ministries, BC Hydro, and Clean Energy BC—the industry association representing the clean energy sector.

          Through recommendations from its advisory committee, the BCICEI has invested over $3.5 million to fund 31 projects, including 10 in remote, off-grid, or diesel dependent communities. These investments have leveraged $37.2 million—including $11.7 million in Indigenous equity—to finance hydro, solar, geothermal, bioenergy, and innovative demand side management projects across British Columbia.

          Projects announced August 30 in thirteen First Nations are:

 

Organization

Project Description

Location

Funding

Ashcroft First Nation

Solar

Ashcroft, BC

$76,950

Doig River First Nation

Solar

Rose Prairie, BC

$150,000

Heiltsuk Nation

Heat Pumps

Bella Bella, BC

$150,000

Hesquiaht First Nation

Multiple

Tofino, BC

$150,000

Huu-ay-aht First Nation

Water

Port Alberni, BC

$500,000

Kwadacha Nation

Biomass

Fort Ware, BC

$38,775

Malahat First Nation

Solar

Mill Bay, BC

 $150,000

Saulteau First Nations

Solar

Chetwynd, BC

$150,000

Semiahmoo First Nation

Waste to energy

Surrey, BC

 $150,000

Stein Valley Nlakapamux School

Solar

Lytton, BC

$141,680

Tsihlqot'in National Government

Solar

Chilcotin, BC

$250,000

West Moberly First Nation

Wind

Chetwynd, BC

$500,000

Xeni Gwet'in First Nation

Biomass

Nemiah Valley, BC

$99,603

TOTAL FUNDING FOR 2019/20

 

 

$2,507,008

 

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