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PrairiesCan awards AICEI funding to support four First Nation and Métis renewable energy and efficiency projects

July 4, 2024  By  Anthony Capkun

July 4, 2024 – The Alberta Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (AICEI) is receiving $926,450 from PrairiesCan to support four renewable energy generation or energy efficiency projects that are led by, or benefit, First Nation and Métis communities in the province.

Cold Lake First Nations is receiving $124,000 to complete a feasibility study that will determine the suitability of a geothermal system to heat and cool a new pre-construction events centre, as well as the existing Casino Dene and Hotel Dene.

As part of its Climate Change Action Plan, the Métis Nation of Alberta is receiving $174,000 to conduct a review of its housing portfolio to develop recommendations for increasing the energy efficiency of homes.

Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. is receiving $373,450 to complete a feasibility study to support the approval and construction of a new solar farm in Ermineskin Cree Nation.

As part of a partnership between SAIT’s Green Building Technologies research division and the Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association (ANFCA), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is receiving $255,000 to upgrade ANFCA Friendship Centres in Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, and St. Paul with energy-efficient building systems to reduce emissions and operating costs.

In addition, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance is receiving $500,000 to lead stakeholder engagement sessions and technology demonstrations that aim to increase the adoption of energy-reducing technologies and support collaboration in Alberta’s energy industry.

The federal minister for PrairiesCan, Hon. Dan Vandal, announced these initiatives as part of $21.9 million in federal spending that will benefit 13 projects in Alberta.

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