Backgrounder: Canada, B.C. support First Nations to power up new clean energy projects


Project list for BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative, 2024

The BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) provides funding to eligible clean energy projects through three funding streams. 

1. Pre-construction, pre-commercial operating date (2 projects)

Kwiḵwa̱sut’inux̱w Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN)
$500,000 towards the installation of a solar PV system and a 550kWh battery energy storage system on the Echo Bay Marina and Lodge, replacing two diesel generators.

Taku River Tlingit First Nation
$500,000 towards a storage battery for the existing hydro facility.

2. Feasibility and site selection, Environmental Review and Permitting, Project design and Engineering (10 projects)

Daylu Dena Council
$300,000 towards a feasibility study for a proposed geothermal energy project with the goal of displacing the region's diesel dependency.
Kitsumkalum First Nation
$300,000 towards a feasibility study for a 15MW wind project. The study will involve a survey of sites and technologies that can serve the project.

Metlakatla First Nation
$300,000 towards feasibility studies for a wind project.

Musqueam Indian Band
$300,000 towards the continuation of feasibility work on a Low Carbon District Energy System, aiming for net-zero operational carbon performance. Additional deliverables will include project design and engineering work for the system.

Pacheedaht First Nation
$265,080 towards the conceptual design and financial analysis report for a hydropower project.

Seabird Island Band
$109,065 towards a feasibility and design assessment to evaluate the potential for solar energy generation for the Seabird Island Band elementary school and other facilities.

Toquaht Nation
$266,100 towards project design and engineering for a 13.5MW cluster of two small hydroelectric prospects and associated transmission lines.

West Moberly First Nations
$299,404 towards project design and engineering to develop a geothermal facility to supply heat for a commercial scale greenhouse.

Yun Ka Whu'ten Forestry
$290,740 towards project design and engineering for the Anahim Lake Solar and Energy Storage Project.

Aqam Community Enterprises
$162,000 towards project design and engineering for a 15 MWc solar PV project.

3. Small-scale installation (non-utility scale), demand side management (23 projects)

Kwadacha Nation
$214,500 towards home energy assessments of 42 homes in the community.

Kwakiutl First Nation
$300,000 towards a Heat Pump Retrofit Project that will replace traditional heating systems with air-source heat pumps for approximately 40 homes.

Kwiakah First Nation
$235,665 towards a rooftop solar PV system on a redeveloped former fish farm that was 100% diesel dependent.

Lax Kwa'alaams
$295,000 towards the installation of a residential rooftop solar PV system on approximately 25 homes in the community.

Malahat Nation
$276,227 towards installation of a complete HVAC system as well as energy efficiency upgrades and a solar PV system.

Moytelexw (Sts’ailes Development Corporation)
$258,200 towards the installation a rooftop solar PV system for the Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge as part of a new solar heating system, in addition to an upgrade of hydro plant equipment.

Namgis First Nation
$300,000 towards the installation of heat pumps in 52 homes, bringing the multi-phase project total to 115 homes.

Peters First Nation
$290,000 towards hybrid solar PV and battery electricity storage systems on five residential carports.

Quatsino First Nation
$300,000 towards a 100kW solar PV system and 13kWh battery storage system for the Nation's community hall.

Sik-E-Dakh Band (Glen Vowell)
$300,000 towards air source heat pump installations in 70 homes in the community, meaning that all 75 homes in the community have a heat pump.

Snuneymuxw First Nation
$300,000 towards four new heat pumps installed in the Nation's administrative building.

Squiala First Nation
$295,000 towards 33 homes receiving a rooftop solar PV system.

Tl'etinqox Government
$295,000 towards 25-30 homes receiving a rooftop solar PV system.

T'Sou-ke First Nation
$285,000 towards a 25kW solar PV and 100kWh battery energy storage unit on industrial greenhouses and a marine services/manufacturing facility

Tseshaht First Nation
$239,940 towards air source heat pump installations and other energy upgrades in 14 Elders' homes.

Yinka Dene Economic Development Corporation
$300,000 towards a rooftop solar PV system on 10 Elders' homes.

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