Canada provides USD 235m for clean energy in remote communities

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April 27 (Renewables Now) - The Canadian government has made an additional CAD 300 million (USD 235m/EUR 220m) of funding available for clean energy projects in indigenous, rural and remote communities across the country.

On Monday, the government said that communities can now apply for CAD 300 million toward capacity-building initiatives, with applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

This funding, which is available over five years until 2027, was announced as part of Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan, unveiled at the end of 2020. It is aimed at helping communities launch clean heat and power projects such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass and bolstering energy efficiency measures.

"Canada is working toward reducing the use of diesel and other fossil fuels for heat and power in indigenous, rural and remote communities by improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of local renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass,'' said Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson.

The government expects to launch in the autumn a single-window approach for indigenous, rural and remote communities to access resources and energy funding. It will also set up an Indigenous Advisory Council to provide guidance on project selection and development.

(CAD 1 = USD 0.784/EUR 0.735)

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