Lower Nicola Indian Band is receiving funding that will help lower both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Through the CleanBC Communities Fund, the band will install photovoltaic solar panels on community and residential buildings.
These will include the Shulus Arena, firehall, community health building, community centre, waterworks building and social housing rental buildings.
The solar gardens project is expected to create a more sustainable future for the community and its members.
The project will be supported by nearly $740,000 from the federal government, and a further $246,000 from LNIB itself.
CleanBC is a strategy developed by the BC government in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. It is an initiative designed to reduce pollution and utilize more clean and renewable energy for transportation, construction, home and industrial heating, and other projects.
“In 2016, the Lower Nicola Indian Band started on its path of sustainable and green energy with the installation of a solar garden on the roof of the Lower Nicola Indian Band School,” said LNIB Chief, Stuart Jackson.
“We believe strongly in utilizing the gifts of Mother Earth in a way that reflects our commitment to stewardship of the land and benefits our people. The abundant sunshine we are blessed with will help our community in a clean and sustainable way. We are grateful to the federal and provincial governments for partnering with us through the CleanBC Communities Fund to help us advance our path.”
Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald