OKIB gets funding for energy project

The Okanagan Indian Band will benefit from the most recent round of funding under the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF).

The Okanagan Indian Band will benefit from the most recent round of funding under the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF).

The Okanagan Indian Band is receiving $30,000 in funding to support a Community Energy Plan and Clean Energy Opportunities Assessment Project.

Funding will be used to undertake a community energy plan within the Okanagan Indian Band’s Traditional Territory. The plan will assess solar, wind, biomass and hydropower within the reserve and traditional territory as well as energy-saving opportunities.

“It is wonderful to see this funding going to support the Okanagan Indian Band in their creation of a Community Energy Plan and commitment to an environmentally sustainable energy future,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “This funding will provide important opportunities to use traditional territory and the Okanagan Indian Band reservation in a sustainable way.”

Since 2011, the provincial government has invested more than $5.1 million to support clean energy opportunities in over 80 Aboriginal communities across B.C., including wind energy, biomass and run-of-river hydroelectric power.

Clean-energy technology is one of the fastest growing industries in B.C., with more than 200 organizations, 68 per cent of which were formed in the past decade.