Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative – Cohort 2
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- About the Initiative
- Cohort 2: Timeline
- Funding overview
- Cohort 2: Project information
- Related information
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 2 is collaboratively delivered by Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise and the Canadian federal government. It was designed based on 18 months of engagement with Indigenous rights holders, Indigenous organizations, and stakeholders; Cohort 2 of IODI is informed by lessons from the Initiative’s first Cohort.
Cohort 2: Timeline
- Application and selection: Fall 2022
- Applications opened in October 2022 for individuals from remote Indigenous communities that use diesel or fossil fuels for heat and power. Energy Champions were selected by the Indigenous Council of Wah-ila-toos in February 2023. 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 economic benefits of renewable energy initiatives. Energy Champions receive $25,000 to support community engagement and project governance activities.
- Phase 1: Summer 2023
- Energy Champions take part in ICE's 20/20 Catalysts Training Program, a hands-on program designed to develop the skills to maximize community social and economic benefits of renewable energy initiatives. Energy Champions receive $25,000 to support community engagement and project governance activities.
- Phase 2: Fall 2023
- Energy Champion teams 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 projects. Once a renewable energy project idea 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 2025
- Energy Champion teams receive up to $1 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.
Energy Champions complete renewable energy training through the 20/20 Catalysts Program delivered by ICE Social Enterprise.
Energy Champions receive funding and resources for community engagement, training, team salaries, and community energy planning.
Energy Champion teams lead their communities in renewable energy project planning and development.
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 2: Project information
Specific project information will be available for IODI Cohort 2 in Fall 2023.
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