By October 25, 2017 Read More →

Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Alberta goes solar

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Minister Feehan with Chief Germaine Anderson, Beaver Lake Cree Nation.

$153,000 grant part of $35 million in funding available this fiscal year

Alberta has partnered with Beaver Lake Cree Nation to install solar panel systems on three buildings to help lower utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to an Alberta Government press release.

With support from Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program, solar panels will be installed on the Nation’s Busy Beaver Community Store, Wah-Pow Treatment Centre and health centre.

“Beaver Lake Cree Nation is concerned with the present state of our environment. We recognize the importance of becoming energy-efficient and how moving to the green economy will better position us economically down the road,” said Germaine Anderson, Chief, Beaver Lake Cree Nation.

The solar panels will help reduce utility costs, allowing the Beaver Lake Cree Nation to reinvest those funds in community projects. It will also prevent about 1,250 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.


“Our Treaty states that as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows that we will continue our traditional way of life. The sun will continue to shine and be a part of all our lives, and we should be utilizing it with the present and future solar capabilities,” said Anderson.

Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program is a new provincial grant initiative to help Indigenous communities reduce their energy bills, create local jobs and participate in the emerging green economy.

Beaver Lake Cree Nation is one of many Indigenous communities and organizations that will become more energy-efficient with support from this program.

The $153,000 grant is part of $35 million in funding available this fiscal year through various streams, including the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program, to meet the needs of Indigenous communities tackling climate change.

“The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program is making life better and more affordable for Indigenous peoples and communities. Our government is proud to support this project and the First Nation’s rich history of environmental leadership,” said Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations.

Panel discussions, dialogue with Indigenous leaders, workshops and feedback from two successful pilot projects helped inform the new programs.

These initiatives support the Alberta government’s commitment to implement the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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