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12 Remote First Nations Communities Receive Provincial Funding to Develop and Advance Alternative...

12 Remote First Nations Communities Receive Provincial Funding to Develop and Advance Alternative Energy Projects


By Jeff Blagden

Jan 16, 2023 | 12:45 PM



$7.1 million in fresh provincial funding will help twelve remote First Nations communities in BC cut ties with diesel power.


Remote communities in BC consumed over 19 million Litres of diesel in 2019 alone, producing nearly 52,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.


By funding alternative energy projects through the Community Energy Diesel Reduction program, the province aims to reduce their reliance on diesel fuels.


$2 million will help the Skidegate Band Council develop and build a 2 megawatt solar farm on Haida Gwaii’s north grid.


Another $2 million will go to the Gitga’at First Nation to construct a 948 kilowatt hydroelectric generation facility.


Just under $1 million will fund repairs and upgrades to the Kitasoo Xai’xais (Shy-shy) Nation’s electricity distribution grid.


Other funded projects include heat pump installations, retrofits, energy audits, and community energy plan development.






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