CHETWYND – Saulteau First Nation will receive $80,000 for a local clean energy project from the B.C. government’s Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP).

The funding will support a biomass heating project that will displace propane use in greenhouses, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 110 tonnes per year, and saving the community approximately $77,000 in fuel costs annually.

“I would like to congratulate Saulteau First Nation for their initiative to reduce greenhouse gas in their community,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “Projects like these advance British Columbia’s growing clean energy sector and strengthen our reputation as a world leader in energy efficiency initiatives.”

This year, CELP approved seven projects across the province for a total of $250,000 in funding, including solar power, biomass heating, and energy retrofits to local facilities.  The four energy efficiency projects will result in 5,819 gigajoules (GJ) of energy savings annually.

The Community Energy Leadership Program will provide $1.3 million over the next three years to help communities implement local energy efficiency and clean energy projects.

For more information about CELP, visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/electricity-alternative-energy/community-energy-systems/community-energy-leadership-program.

Learn about the Innovative Clean Energy Fund at www.gov.bc.ca/innovativecleanenergyfund.