The Government of Canada announces $10 million in support for clean energy in Saskatchewan. Indigenous communities

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The Government of Canada and Indigenous communities and businesses in Saskatchewan will partner on five clean and affordable energy projects, according to a news release.

“I am pleased to be in the province where I grew up to announce federal government support for five critical projects that will advance economic reconciliation, deploy clean energy and create sustainable jobs,” said Federal Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson.

“Our partners in Saskatchewan are deploying renewable energy, displacing coal-fired electricity and other carbon-emitting products, improving energy efficiency, and training the next cohort of Indigenous clean energy leaders. »

The five projects include:

  • Developing a Regional Approach to Renewable Energy, Efficiency and Conservation: $4.3 million to Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) Program Services.
  • A bioheating project to replace existing propane heating systems in two schools in Pelican Narrows and Deschambault Lake: $2 million dedicated to Mee-Toos Forest Products Ltd. for the project.
  • An 816 kilowatt solar farm in the Regional Municipality of Tecumseh: $1.6 million dedicated to MLTC Solar Energy to complete the project.
  • A capacity building project focused on community energy planning: $975,000 to the First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan.
  • The creation of a Safety Sustainability Diploma to meet the training needs of northern, remote and Indigenous communities through distance education and goal-oriented hands-on experience to lead to sustainable community energy development: $840,000 to the University of Saskatchewan.

Meadow Lake Tribal Council Tribal Chief Richard Ben said the announcement is a big step forward for the future of renewable energy.

“The Smart Renewable and Electrification Pathways Program projects are a springboard for our communities to learn and lead in community energy planning,” he said in the press release.

“As we build the internal capacities of our communities, we work towards energy self-sufficiency and a cleaner future for the generations that come after us.”

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