“Partnerships with governments and communities are key to our CleanBC plan for a cleaner, better and more affordable future for people in our province as we implement our climate plan,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a news release. “Whether it’s better options for people with electric vehicles that are convenient and affordable, or new clean energy leadership by Indigenous communities in the Great Bear rainforest, we’re committed to investing in these partnerships as we work together to support a strong recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and build a sustainable future for everyone.”
Another CleanBC Communities Fund project supports Nuxalk Nation’s plan to build a run-of-river hydroelectric plant on the Nooklikonnik Creek that will offset diesel electricity production and provide clean energy for people in the Bella Coola valley. Once complete, the project will reduce approximately 190,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over the lifetime of the plant – roughly equal to taking 68,000 cars off the road for a year.
The Nuxalk Nation project is receiving $1.65 million from the province’s CleanBC Communities Fund and $8.27 million from federal government’s Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.