The federal government has announced a $20-million initiative aimed at reducing diesel reliance in remote Indigenous communities.
Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE SE) and the Pembina Institute, the Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative will help communities move away from using diesel by developing cleaner community-led energy projects.
An all-Indigenous panel of jurors will select up to 15 communities to receive hands-on support and up to $1.3 million in funding to develop community-driven energy plans over the next three years.
At the end, leading communities will receive an additional two years of funding (total of up to $9 million available to support several community projects) from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program to move their clean energy project forward.
This initiative builds on over $700 million already committed to help rural and remote communities get off diesel.
This is the fifth challenge/initiative under the $75-million Cleantech Impact Canada Initiative, which is helping drive innovation and clean growth across Canada.