Canada adds $300M to ‘clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote communities’ program
April 26, 2022 By Canadian Biomass staff
The federal government has committed another $300 million to its program designed to displace fossil fuels and boost clean energy in Canada’s Indigenous, rural and remote communities.
Communities can now apply for funding on the Clean Energy in Indigenous, Rural and Remote Communities website, with applications being reviewed on an on-going basis, according to a news release from Natural Resources Canada.
Biomass is included on the list of supported clean heat and power projects, along with wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro.
“Canada is working toward reducing the use of diesel and other fossil fuels for heat and power in Indigenous, rural and remote communities by improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of local renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass,” Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in the news release. “We will continue to work in partnership with these communities to empower and support local low-emissions solutions and help build the clean energy future we need.”
The funding is available until 2027, and prioritizes Indigenous-owned or led projects, or projects with community partnerships.
This fall, the government is also creating a single-window approach to access resources and energy funding. As part of this new service model, a newly established Indigenous Advisory Council will provide guidance and advice on project selection and development.
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