NW Ontario First Nations receive grants for energy projects

NW Ontario First Nations receive grants for energy projects

Postby Oscar » Tue May 04, 2021 4:28 pm

NW Ontario First Nations receive grants for energy projects

[ https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/ ... aign=Email ]

One program will see at-risk youth learn how to build solar-powered tiny homes.

By: Gary Rinne May 3, 2021

THUNDER BAY — Funding from the Independent Electricity System Operator may help lead to the development of a new industry on the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in Northwestern Ontario.

The IESO is giving WIN – northwest of Kenora – a grant for a paid employment skills and training program for at-risk youth.

They will be taught how to develop and build off-grid solar-powered tiny homes.

The program includes engagement events, training sessions, and a unique youth-elder mentorship program.

It's among the beneficiaries of $7 million in new funding announced by th IESO for Indigenous communities and groups.

Across the province, 61 recipients will use the money for energy planning, renewable generation, energy-efficiency measures, and training.

The funding will support a broad range of projects, including a number that will help non-grid-connected communities accelerate the transition away from diesel generation.

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