Promoting Clean Energy for Remote Communities

Project Concept Questionnaire

The Call for Project Concept Questionnaires (PCQ) under the Promoting Clean Energy for Remote Communities Component of GI Phase II is now closed following the submission deadline of 23:59 EDT, October 2, 2017.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be launched early this winter. Please watch this website for updates.

As a cornerstone of its plan for climate change and clean growth, the Government of Canada has committed to reducing reliance on diesel fuel in Canada’s remote, Northern and Indigenous communities and industrial sites by supporting a transition to more sustainable energy solutions.  The move towards secure, affordable and clean energy will provide both environmental benefits and economic opportunities for these communities, and will be supported by federal programming to:

  • build more resilient electricity infrastructure and diversify the generation mix;
  • demonstrate and deploy renewable energy technologies;
  • implement energy efficiency solutions and standards; and,
  • build community skills and capacity.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is requesting information related to project concepts that promote clean energy for remote communities to reduce reliance on diesel fuel.

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  • Innovative Demonstrations to Reduce Diesel Use
    This area seeks opportunities to reduce the use of diesel fuel in off-grid, remote and Northern communities (indigenous and non-indigenous) through innovative technology demonstrations. Demonstrations include demand reduction through energy efficiency technologies, renewable energy technologies (including but not limited to: solar, wind, tidal, run-of-stream, bioenergy and geothermal), energy storage and/or smart grid technologies, waste-to-energy, combined heat and power, clean transportation, and microgrid optimization.
  • Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies
    This component seeks opportunities to reduce reliance on diesel in off-grid, remote and Northern communities (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) through the deployment of commercially-available renewable energy technologies for electricity and heat production, such as hydro, wind, solar, geothermal and bioenergy.
  • Bioheating Program to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
    This component seeks projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuels in rural and remote communities by supporting the installation or retrofit of proven biomass based heating or combined heat and power systems for community or industrial applications, as well as business development activities for biomass supply chains.