BC biomass heat project receives $400,000 funding

A project to install a biomass heating system at a hospital in British Columbia (BC) has received $400,000 (€280,200) in funding.

The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) is providing funding to projects in Indigenous communities throughout BC to work towards a low-carbon future. The fund helps to develop clean energy projects in areas such as biomass, solar, wind and ocean thermal across the province.

The Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre heating project, supported by the Old Massett Village Council, will shift from reliance on diesel-generated power to renewable energy.

In December 2021, Old Massett Village Council received $500,000 (€350,000) in funding through the British Columbia Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative for the 320 kW biomass Viessman Vitoflex system, which will supply hot water heating and domestic hot water to the hospital and health centre.

“Our district heat project is an awesome example of an alternative to fossil-fuelled heating,” said Kevin Brown, climate action co-ordinator at Old Massett Village Council. “Developing a local fibre fuel from waste wood fuels this business model.”

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation commented: “Partnerships between industry and First Nations play an important part in building a low-carbon economy with new clean energy jobs while also improving quality of life in remote areas of BC.

“Supporting First Nation communities in becoming more energy efficient provides a direct and sustainable path to achieving CleanBC’s climate targets.”

In 2021, the fund provided more than $3.8 million (€2.6 million) to support new capacity and equity projects in 27 Indigenous communities throughout the province. The FNCEBF is accepting applications for the next intake until 31 January.

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