The government of Canada announced a $8,4 million investment for nine biomass and bioenergy community-led projects across British Columbia. The investment aims to build capacity and support rural and remote communities reducing their reliance on fossil fuel for heat and power.
Firstly, all nine projects were funded through Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program. Which is a $220 million program specially design to reduce reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities, by encouraging clean energy projects.
Secondly, the program is part of the government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan; which is a more than $180-billion investment for public transit projects; green infrastructure, also, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes. Specially for Canada’s rural and northern communities.
Thirdly, some of the projects involve the creation of a biomass-fueled combined heat and power systems. The biomass produced from sawdust, which will be compressed into briquettes suitable for use in residential woodstoves.
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Biomass to replace 100% of diesel generated power in indigenous communities
In addition, these systems would help to replace the 100% of the current diesel-generated power in the communities where it is going to be implemented. The project would also relocate jobs and protect the environment.
Moreover, Gitxsan Energy Inc. is one of the companies involved in the investment. Kelsey Harmse, Chief Administrative Officer, of the company said. “This winter, we were also able to start collecting and analyzing the impacts of this project.”
He also remarked. “The Gitksan Wet’suwet’en Education Society was consuming up to 1600L/day of propane; with the bioheat boilers it is using 45L/day; 3% of the propane. Pellets and also maintenance are provided by Gitxsan Energy Inc., providing 2.5 full-time employees with stable employment.”
Finally, Gordon AlecChief, from the Lake Babine Nation, said. “Lake Babine Nation welcomes the opportunity to be part of the climate change solution; through the production of clean energy in our territories. At the same time, this biomass project lays a foundation for long-term economic opportunities that will positively impact LBN families; and also businesses for generations to come.”