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Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities funded projects

The Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program supports a suite of diverse projects across Canada to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel for heat and power.

For more information about the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program (CERRC) or a funded project, please contact the CERRC team.

Capacity Building Projects

Arctic Energy Alliance

Location: Nine communities, NT (to be determined)

Investment: $797,000

This multi-year investment will work with NWT Indigenous communities to build community capacity and energy literacy to support and direct their local Community Energy Planning process;

Read more about our investment in the Arctic Energy Alliance.

Centre for Indigenous and Environmental Resources

Location: Inuvik, NT; Fort Simpson, NT; Yellowknife, NT

Investment: $380,000

This multi-year investment will support capacity building towards improving energy literacy for Indigenous women and youth.

Read more about our investment in the Centre for Indigenous and Environmental Resources.

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute

Location: 43 First Nations in Quebec and Labrador

Investment: $230,000

The funding will allow FNQLSDI to educate communities about the importance and advantages of renewable energy through in-person training. First Nations communities will also receive ongoing project development guidance and technical support for renewable energy projects.

Read more about our investment in the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute.

Government of Yukon

Location: Teslin, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, White River First Nation, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, YT

Investment: $574,000

The Government of Yukon will to work collaboratively with Yukon First Nations to evaluate and address gaps that delay the deployment of energy projects in communities.

Read more about our investment in the Government of Yukon.

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Location: Aklavik, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk, and Ulukhaktok, NT

Investment: $184,000

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation will promote energy literacy in the communities, renew Inuvialuit dialect and culture, and promote cross-generational learning between Elders and youth on traditional practices, language and sustainability.

Read more about our investment in the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.

NunatuKavut Community Council Inc.

Location: NunatuKavut Region of Labrador

Investment: $245,000

This project aims to increase clean energy research and development capacity in NunatuKavut by hiring a Clean Energy Research Coordinator to liaise between NCC, research and not-for-profit partners, and communities.

Read more about our investment in the NunatuKavut Community Council Inc.

Opiikapawiin Services Ltd.(1)

Location: 24 First Nations in Northwestern Ontario

Investment: $400,000

This multi-year investment will create pathways for interested youth to pursue employment in the clean energy field among 24 First Nations and will focus on teaching participants about the fundamentals of electricity transmission and distribution and provide them with job-shadowing opportunities and technical training.

Read more about our investment in the Opiikapawiin Services Ltd.

Opiikapawiin Services Ltd.(2)

Location: 22 First Nations in Northwestern Ontario

Investment: $208,223

The Plugged into a Brighter Future initiative is a youth-focused energy engagement initiative for First Nations communities with the Wataynikaneyap Power project. In partnership with the Independent Electricity System Operator, this initiative will bolster Indigenous youths’ knowledge of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions so they may participate in future community energy planning.

Read more about our investment in the Opiikapawiin Services Ltd.

Matawa First Nations Management

Location: Matawa First Nations communities in Northern Ontario (Eabametoong, Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Nibinamik & Webequie)

Investment: $262,700

This project, taking place in five remote Matawa First Nations communities, will increase community members’ skills and capacity, encourage them to pursue careers in clean energy and support the development of renewable energy projects and energy-efficient solutions in their communities. The project also includes career mentorship for youth.

Read more about our investment in the Matawa First Nations Management.

Nihtat Energy Ltd.

Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Investment: $403,963

The Inuvik Grid High Penetration Renewable Pre-Feasibility Study will test methods of integrating renewables into isolated grids while maintaining Indigenous participation and building community knowledge on energy planning processes.

Read more about our investment in the Nihtat Energy Ltd.

Renewable Energy Projects

Askii Environmental Inc.

Location: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and Pikangikum First Nation, ON

Investment: $1,670,000

Askii Environmental Inc. will install biomass heating systems in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and Pikangikum First Nation, which will be used to heat schools in these communities offsetting fossil fuel use.

Read more about our investment in the Askii Environmental Inc.

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek

Location: Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek, Sand Point FN, ON

Investment: $1,051,000

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek is replacing the community’s sawmill heat source from diesel to a biomass system and is installing biomass-compatible heating systems in three new housing units in preparation for future biomass heating expansion. This will demonstrate the economic development benefits and cost effectiveness of biomass heating.

Read more about our investment in the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek.

Carcross / Tagish First Nation

Location: Carcross, YT

Investment: $2,100,000

Carcross and the Tagish First Nation will install a biomass district heating system to displace existing electric and fossil fuel heating systems in five community buildings.

Read more about our investment in the Carcross / Tagish First Nation.

Chu Cho Environmental Ltd

Location: Tsay Keh Dene Nation, BC

Investment: $475,000

The funding will enable Chu Cho Environmental — a Tsay Keh Dene Nation–owned company — to assess the feasibility of using biomass to generate heat and power. Once completed, this project would be among the first of its kind to heat and power an Indigenous community in the province, demonstrating the power of innovation to create opportunities in a remote community.

Read more about our investment in the Chu Cho Environmental Ltd.

Denesoline Corporation Ltd

Location: Lutsel K'e First Nation, NT

Investment: $400,000

This investment will support the completion of a study on hybrid renewable energy options for the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation.

Read more about our investment in the Denesoline Corporation Ltd.

Esk'etemc First Nation

Location: Alkali Lake, BC

Investment: $1,500,000

This investment will support the expansion of the Esk'etemc First Nation's wood-based biomass district heating system — helping them use more renewable fuels.

Read more about our investment in the Esk'etemc First Nation.

Gitxsan Energy Inc.

Location: Hazelton, BC

Investment: $686,000

This multi-year investment will deploy a forest-based biomass system to replace propane as the heating fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 255 tonnes a year in a recreation complex.

Read more about our investment in the Gitxsan Energy Inc.

Hamlet of Aklavik

Location: Aklavik, NT

Investment: $640,000

This investment will install a biomass heating system that will heat community infrastructure.

Read more about our investment in the Hamlet of Aklavik.

Kapawe’no First Nation

Location: Narrows Point, AB

Investment: $1,500,000

The funding is for the community to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly heating system that will help to reduce the community’s reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs for the surrounding communities.

Read more about our investment in the Kapawe’no First Nation.

Kluane First Nation (1)

Location: Destruction Bay, YT

Investment: $2,000,000

The Kluane First Nation will install, own, operate, and maintain three 100 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines in Destruction Bay, Yukon. In order to capture the full wind power generation and to maintain a stable and reliable power grid, the utility will install, own, operate, and maintain a 250kWh battery and energy management system.

Read more about our investment in the Kluane First Nation.

Kluane First Nation (2)

Location: Burwash Landing, YT

Investment: $345,900

The Kluane First Nation will develop a forest resources management plan for the First Nation’s settlement lands to meet current and future local biomass heating needs.

Read more about our investment in the Kluane First Nation.

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation

Location: Gwa’yas’dums, BC

Investment: $2,300,000

The primary objective of the project is to implement a hybrid, smart-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery system to offer a new and predictable source of clean energy generation for the remote village of Gwa’yas’dums.  The project will include system design, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of a PV, battery energy storage system integrated with the diesel power plant.

Read more about our investment in the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation.

Nihtat Corporation (1)

Location: Inuvik, NT; Iqaluit, NU

Investment: $3,300,000

This multi-year investment will combine solar power with battery storage to help three local businesses and 32 residential units in Inuvik, NT and Iqaluit, NU run almost exclusively on solar energy during the spring and summer months. This project will improve electricity reliability, create local employment and generate 1.25 megawatts of new reliable electricity annually, cutting local diesel consumption by 380,000 litres per year.

Read more about our investment in the Nihtat Corporation.

Nihtat Corporation (2)

Location: Inuvik, NT

Investment: $220,000

This investment supports a capacity development study to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. This project will encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more about our investment in the Nihtat Corporation.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Location: Northern Ontario

Investment: $2,532,000

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation will replace existing woodstove heating appliances in six of the nation’s communities with upgraded high efficiency woodstoves, reducing fossil fuel heating use by lowering demand on the community’s electricity supply, currently provided by diesel generators.

Read more about our investment in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Ontario Power Generation

Location: Gull Bay, ON

Investment: $2,200,000

The Gull Bay Diesel Offset Micro Grid project will demonstrate the integration of a high-penetration solar photovoltaic system into the existing diesel microgrid on the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA) / Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN) reserve. This micro grid (electricity distribution system) will manage loads and distributed energy resources (solar photovoltaic, battery storage, and diesel generators) that can be operated in a controlled and integrated fashion.

Read more about our investment in the Ontario Power Generation.

Oujé-Bougoumou Cree First Nation

Location: Oujé-Bougoumou, QC

Investment: $2,700,000

Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation is renovating their biomass heating system to improve the efficiency and reliability for their district heating system.

Read more about our investment in the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree First Nation.

Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation (QBDC)

Location: Iqaluit, NU

Investment: $1,200,000

QBDC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, will conduct a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study to determine the best approach to integrate solar and wind power, energy storage, and the latest monitoring and control systems into a better electricity system. The study will identify the best mix of energy sources to support the sustainable development of the land.

Read more about our investment in the Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation.

Sagatay Cogeneration Limited Partnership

Location: Whitesand First Nation, ON

Investment: $4,168,000

Sagatay Cogeneration Limited Partnership will develop engineering plans for a biomass cogeneration system, which, once constructed, would reduce the community’s dependence on diesel fuel for heat and electricity.

Read more about our investment in the Sagatay Cogeneration Limited Partnership.

Skidegate Band Council

Location: Skidegate, BC; Old Masset, BC

Investment: $10,400,000

This multi-year investment will begin transitioning Haida Gwaii to 100 percent renewable energy — bringing clean power to communities by expanding an existing hydroelectricity installation and deploying a solar photovoltaic and energy storage system to significantly reduce diesel fuel use.

Read more about our investment in the Skidegate Band Council.

St. Mary’s River Energy

Location: Mary’s Harbour, NL

Investment: $2,500,000

The St. Mary's River Energy Project will refurbish an existing hydroelectricity dam and integrate it with new solar panels and lithium-ion battery. This will reduce diesel consumption In Mary's Harbour by 30 percent per year.

Read more about our investment in the St. Mary’s River Energy.

Teslin Tlingit Council

Location: Teslin First Nation, YT

Investment: $800,000

The Teslin Tlingit Council will construct a biomass district heating system for eight new duplexes, including 16 housing units, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs for the community.

Read more about our investment in the Teslin Tlingit Council.

Three Nations Energy

Location: Fort Chipewyan, AB

Investment: $4,500,000

This multi-year investment will deploy a new 2.2-megawatt solar farm to complement an existing 400 kilowatt installation, making it the largest off-grid solar project in Canada. In addition, a battery storage system and micro-grid control system will improve reliability of the grid. The project’s combined solar and battery energy storage system will displace 650,000 litres of diesel fuel per year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,743 tonnes annually.

Read more about our investment in the Three Nations Energy.

Town of Inuvik

Location: Inuvik, NT

Investment: $1,700,000

The Town of Inuvik will install a biomass system that will replace the diesel boilers currently used for heating and protect the municipal water tank from freezing.

Read more about our investment in the the Town of Inuvik.

Tulita Land Corporation

Location: Tulita, NT

Investment: $2,600,000

The Tulita Land Corporation will install biomass boilers to heat seven municipal buildings and will establish a forest-based value chain to produce wood chips to fuel the boilers.

Read more about our investment in the Tulita Land Corporation.

Wahgoshig First Nation

Location: Wahgoshig First Nation, ON

Investment: $983,000

Wahgoshig First Nation will install a forest-based biomass heating system for four community buildings, the Community Firehall, Lands and Resources Office, Community Centre and Community Elder’s Residence, which will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more about our investment in the Wahgoshig First Nation.

Wikwemikong Development Commission

Location: Wikwemikong Unceded Territory, ON

Investment: $2,452,750

Wikwemikong Development Commission will demonstrate the effectiveness of forest-based biomass and efficient residential heating source in Wikwemikong Unceded Territory through the installation of pellet stoves, biomass boilers, wood pellet furnaces, and wood pellet storage silos.

Read more about our investment in the Wikwemikong Development Commission.

Yukon Conservation Society

Location: Whitehorse, YT

Investment: $1,600,000

The Yukon Conservation Society will evaluate the technical feasibility and customer acceptance of utility-controlled electric thermal storage heaters that can provide reliable electricity capacity.

Read more about our investment in the Yukon Conservation Society.

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