Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams

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The second review of proposals under the CERRC BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams is now closed following the submission deadline of 23:59 EST, February 26, 2019.

Proposal selection will be completed by an Expert Panel in the Spring of 2019.

Applicants will be informed of their status once the selection process has been completed.


The CERRC program will support a suite of diverse projects across Canada, to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel for heat and power.

Project proposals will be evaluated against a range of criteria, and need to demonstrate local community support and outline the community benefits of the project, particularly for Indigenous communities. Projects must fit into one of the following streams:

Program streams

  • BioHeat to reduce fossil fuel use through the installation, retrofit or investigation into the feasibility of biomass heating or combined heat and power systems for community and/or industrial applications.
  • Innovative demonstrations to reduce diesel use through the validation of novel renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, and smart-grid technologies and applications.
  • Deployment of renewable energy technologies for electricity including hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy. Heat may also be produced, but the primary purpose of the project must be electricity production.

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