Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

First Nations launch clean-energy projects with provincial support

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Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

First Nations launch clean-energy projects with provincial support

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Sarah Plank
Communications Director
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
250 208-9621
Media Contacts
Sarah Plank
Communications Director
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
250 208-9621

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Fourteen First Nations pursued cleaner energy in 2018

The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund supported 14 Indigenous-driven projects in 2018, with $2.49 million invested in run-of-river hydropower, solar farms, energy-efficiency plans and numerous feasibility studies.

The fund, which focuses on providing support and access for remote communities to lessen reliance on diesel-generated power, provided funding for:

  • Dzawada'enuxw First Nation — $500,000 for construction of a hydropower plant to displace diesel generators in the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ehattesaht First Nation ­— $500,000 to expand a hydroelectric plant and increase its 20% stake while paying down debt.
  • Hesquiaht First Nations — $500,000 for construction of a hydropower plant to reduce the use of diesel generators.
  • Tsilhqot’in National Government — $300,000 for redevelopment of an industrial brownfield into a solar farm, which will be the first and largest solar farm fully built, owned and operated by a First Nation in B.C.
  • Westbank First Nation — $150,000 for construction of a rooftop solar farm on its community school to offset utility costs by an estimated $12,000 annually.
  • West Moberly First Nations — $150,000 for construction of a biomass conversion project to make the Twin Sister Native Plant Nursery more energy efficient.
  • Homalco First Nation — $140,000 for implementation of a community energy plan to promote efficient energy consumption and savings.
  • Skidegate Band Council — $100,000 to support feasibility studies between the Skidegate Band Council and Old Masset Village Council to understand renewable resource potential on Haida Gwaii.
  • Penelakut Tribe — $30,000 to develop a community energy plan to inventory energy-related opportunities and identify energy-saving opportunities.
  • Lheidli T'enneh Band — $30,000 to develop a community energy management plan to educate community members about the value of clean-energy opportunities.
  • Tsal'alh First Nation — $30,000 to develop a community energy plan for a solar feasibility project that would reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Skatin Nation — $30,000 to develop a community energy management plan to find ways to decrease energy costs and investigate options for renewable energy.
  • Lytton First Nation — $15,000 to support a feasibility study for a solar-power learning lab to implement projects in the future.
  • N’Quatqua Band — $15,000 to support a feasibility study for the grid security of solar power storage. The goal is to reduce dependence on diesel generators.

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