Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative – Cohort 1

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About the Initiative

The Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI) is a renewable energy training program that supports Indigenous-led climate solutions in remote Indigenous communities that use diesel or fossil fuels for heat and power.

The Initiative supports Energy Champions and their community teams with renewable energy training, access to expertise, and financial resources to plan and develop an ambitious renewable energy project. IODI Cohort 1 is collaboratively delivered by the Pembina Institute, and the Canadian federal government. It was designed based on 18 months of engagement with Indigenous rights holders, Indigenous organizations, and stakeholders.

Cohort 1: Timeline

Application and selection: Spring 2019
Applications opened in February 2019 for individuals from remote Indigenous communities that use diesel or fossil fuels for heat and power. Energy Champions were selected by an external Indigenous Jury in April 2019.
Phase 1: Summer 2019
Energy Champions take part in ICE Social Enterprise’s 20/20 Catalysts Training Program, a hands-on program designed to develop the skills to maximize community social and benefits of renewable energy initiatives. Champions receive $20,000 to support community engagement and project governance activities.
Phase 2: Fall 2019
Energy Champions and their communities receive up to $500,000 to conduct community engagement, complete training, and develop a Community Energy Plan. The Community Energy Plan is used to inform the community’s renewable energy project. Once a renewable energy project is determined (e.g., solar panel installment within the community), Energy Champion teams develop a Phase 3 proposal outlining the implementation plan for this project.
Phase 3: Spring 2022
Energy Champions are each awarded $1.6 million in funding to advance project design and development, guided by their Community Energy Plan from Phase 2. Phase 3 activities may include, but are not limited to, business and/or project plans, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) studies or other engineering design work, site selection, negotiation of a Power Purchase Agreement and/or installation of renewable energy equipment.
Phase 4: Spring 2023
An additional $9 million is available to support renewable energy project development through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program.

Funding overview

Phase 1
$20K in funding

Energy Champions complete renewable energy training through the 20/20 Catalysts Program delivered by ICE Social Enterprise.

Phase 2
$500K in funding

Energy Champions receive funding and resources for community engagement, training, team salaries, and community energy planning.

Phase 3
$1.6M in funding

Energy Champion teams lead their communities in renewable energy project planning and development.

Phase 4
Up to $9M in funding

An additional $9 million is available to support additional clean energy project development through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program.

Energy Champions, with the support of their teams and communities, must fully complete each phase before they can move onto the next. The federal government and ICE Social Enterprise will support participants in completing each phase and accessing resources, while being responsive and flexible to community priorities.

Cohort 1: Project information

Project name Province or Territory Team/Community
H̓íkila qṇts n̓ála’áx̌v (protecting our world) BC Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation, Heiltsuk Nation
Solar North Phase 2, Old Masset New Housing Energy Efficiency, Solar South, Haida Wind BC Haida Nation, Haida Gwaii
Advancing the Implementation of Vision 2030 BC Nuxalk Nation
Beaufort Delta Renewable Resource Plan NWT Nihtat Energy Ltd., Aklavik and Inuvik
Community Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Implementation NWT Teetl'it Gwich'in Band Council, Fort McPherson
Solar PV Rooftop Installation & Hydro Feasibility Study NWT Deline Got'ine Government, Deline
Community Clean Energy Implementation NU Hamlet of Kugaaruk
Coral Harbour and Naujaat Solar and Energy Storage Projects NU Sakku Investments Corporation, Coral Harbour and Naujaat
Gjoa Haven Clean Energy Implementation NU Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, Gjoa Haven
Energy Efficient High Performance Residential and Commercial Buildings, NU ArchTech Inc., Baker Lake
Clean Energy Implementation NL Nunatsiavut Government, Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik and Rigolet, Nunatsiavut
Community Clean Energy Implementation NL NunatuKavut Community Council Inc., St. Lewis and Black Tickle, NunatuKavut
Community of Kuujjuaq Diesel Reduction, QC Société Kuujjuamiut Inc., Kuujjuaq, Nunavik,
Kinoosao Microgrid and Retrofit Projects, SK Jobb Developments, Kinoosao

Related information

Since 2017, Natural Resources Canada has invested $75 million in six clean technology challenges under the Impact Canada InitiativePower ForwardThe Sky’s the LimitCharging the FutureIndigenous Off-diesel InitiativeWomen in Cleantech and Crush It!

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