Alberta partners with Paul First Nation to help reduce energy needs
April 19, 2018 — The government of Alberta has partnered with Paul First Nation to make energy bills more affordable and create local jobs.
By Ellen Cools
With support from Alberta’s Indigenous Climate Leadership programs, the First Nation will:
• Upgrade the energy efficiency of six housing units
• Develop a long-term energy plan to help the Nation reduce energy needs
• Support the technical development stage of a commercially viable 25 MW solar farm
“We are very excited to be developing a 25 MW solar farm on reserve; this would be the first of its kind in Western Canada. In addition to providing economic sovereignty for our Nation, we have researched developers and their projects to partner and compete in Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program,” said Aaron Bird, councillor, Paul First Nation.
Thanks to the grant, the community will be able to increase its energy efficiency and find new and long-term ways to lower its energy bills. Through energy efficiency upgrades to the housing units, the Nation will save 505 GJ of energy each year, with a lifetime energy savings of 15,150 GJ.
The Paul First Nation is receiving funding through the Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency (Retrofit) Program ($193,200), the Alberta Indigenous Climate Planning Program ($98,600), the Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program ($47,408) and the Alberta Indigenous Green Energy Development Program ($407,600).