BC awards funding for Indigenous clean energy projects, including RNG venture
By Ellen Cools
The B.C. government has awarded funding for multiple clean energy projects in Indigenous communities through the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF).
As part of the funding, the Sqéwqel Development Corporation (Seabird Island Band) has been awarded $50,000 for a feasibility study to determine the viability of becoming a renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier and building new RNG plant.
Meanwhile, multiple communities have received $30,000 each in funding to develop a community energy plan with a focus on renewable energy generation, including the Binche Keyoh Bu Society, the Daylu Dena Council, the Pacheedaht First Nation, the c̓išaaʔatḥ (Tseshaht) First Nation, the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and the Xwísten (Bridge River Indian Band).
“We’re working to support First Nations in developing clean-energy alternatives, especially in remote communities. The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund continues to be a great resource to strengthen Indigenous participation in the clean energy sector and support energy-efficient, resilient communities in their transition to a low-carbon future,” said B.C. Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin in a press release.