Three First Nations communities on B.C.’s coast will increase their clean-energy sector participation in local projects, thanks to funding from the Province.
The Province is partnering with communities throughout B.C. to develop Indigenous-driven energy projects that align with CleanBC, the Province’s plan to build a cleaner future and a stronger, more resilient economy.
The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) supports projects that promote energy efficiency and replace diesel dependency with renewable energy in areas such as solar, ocean thermal, wind energy, biomass, run-of-river hydroelectric power and energy-efficiency planning. A key goal of the fund is to increase the participation of Indigenous communities in B.C.’s clean-energy sector, ensuring that communities benefit from the economic opportunities created in their territories in the transition.
The Kitasoo Xai'Xais Nation received $150,000 in equity funding toward upgrading approximately 90 homes and non-residential buildings in Klemtu with heat pump systems over the next three years. Klemtu is a remote community on B.C.’s central coast that generates its own electricity via hydroelectricity from hydropower upgrades previously funded partially through the FNCEBF. The project’s first phase aims to complete 28 residential heat-pump installations for the community's most vulnerable members. The project will create economic opportunities for the community and bring Kitasoo Xai'xais Nation closer to its zero emissions goal.
Two other First Nations communities located on B.C.’s coast also received funding in January 2022:
- Squamish Nation — $50,000 capacity funding to develop a Squamish Nation Climate Action Strategy (SCS) during the next two years, which will establish commitments, actions and preparations the community and government can take in response to the climate crisis in the next 30 years. The strategy will consist of three streams: community consultation, education and action planning.
- Lil'wat Capital Assets LP — $50,000 capacity funding for acquisition business planning as it intends to acquire a majority (51% or greater) ownership in a hydroelectric power facility located along the Sea to Sky Corridor.
In the past year, the fund has provided more than $3.8 million to support new capacity and equity projects in 27 First Nations communities throughout the province. The FNCEBF is accepting applications for the next intake until Sept. 30, 2022.
First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund:
Clean Energy BC: www.cleanenergybc.org/
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