Renewables, Microgrids Could Answer the Call for Remote Communities
The Canadian government will finance development of a model renewable energy micro-grid to provide “long-term renewable energy solutions for off-grid remote communities across Canada,” with northern Ontario the first to benefit.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the $2.7-million commitment in Thunder Bay. The money will flow through FedNor, a federal development agency directed at northern Ontario, to First Nations-owned NCC Development Corporation and Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., a unit of giant Canadian Solar.
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“The Government of Canada is helping us find an innovation solution that not only will address our energy needs, provide a sustainable revenue stream, and create jobs, but will be a clean alternative,” said Geordi Kakepetum, the CEO of NCC Development, which has been seeking fossil exit plans for remote communities.
Almost all remote communities in Canada depend for power on expensive, spill-prone, and air-polluting diesel generation. In the federal budget in March, Ottawa promised $3.9 million to fund clean energy installations in remote First Nations communities in British Columbia.