Funded through the Federal Government’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) and the Province of BC’s CleanBC Plan, the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) provides early support to develop Indigenous communities’ capacity and readiness to advance local or regional clean energy projects. The New Relationship Trust delivers the BCICEI in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and the Province of British Columbia.
The BCICEI funding supports projects that follow community engagement (such as a community energy plan). This includes activities needed to advance projects to construction stage of the project. Examples of such activities include: feasibility and site selection; environmental review and permitting; project design and engineering; demand side management, clean energy (small scale installation non-utility scale); and pre-construction/pre-Commercial Operation Date (capital and non-capital costs are eligible). The initiative also supports clean energy development in remote, off-grid, diesel dependent or end of line communities.
The next funding intake for the BCICEI closes January 31, 2020. It is anticipated that interest in this next intake will be as popular as in previous years where up to 50 applications were received. After the submission deadline, applications and an evaluation framework will be shared with the project review committee. Members of the committee will individually evaluate all eligible projects prior to attending the evaluation meeting. At the meeting the committee members will make recommendations to New Relationship Trust, who will take these into consideration during their due diligence process.
The BCICEI secretariat seeking a new Indigenous member for the working group and project review committee. This person should be based in B.C. and have an understanding of clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The time commitment is anticipated to be approximately 20 hours twice a year. The meetings take place in either Vancouver or Victoria with travel costs and an honorarium to be provided. The first meeting is anticipated to take place in February 2020.
If you think that you would like to be a part of the funding decision making process, please contact Cole Sayers - at 604.925.3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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