Community Energy Solutions

Communities play an important role in efficient and sustainable energy use and supply. As such, strong community leadership in energy planning, energy efficiency, and clean energy is necessary to meet our province’s future energy needs, and to achieve B.C.'s vision of a low-carbon economy.  

What Community Projects Accomplish

Clean energy solutions are being adopted by communities across the province from remote villages to mid-sized rural towns to large cities. These solutions can apply to new developments, existing neighborhoods or even whole regions, and bring considerable benefits to British Columbians including:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • New jobs and economic development
  • A cleaner environment
  • Reduced energy costs and electricity bills
  • Increased use of local or community-owned clean energy sources
  • Efficient and reliable energy systems
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved air quality

What We Do

In partnership with local governments and First Nations, we support clean energy projects such as district energy systems; energy efficient retrofits of community owned facilities like recreation centres; and clean energy generation/energy storage systems for remote communities. These types of projects, supported by the Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP) and by other funding programs such as the First Nations Home EnergySave: Retrofit Pilot, are designed to develop and share innovative energy solutions and create sustainable communities.

What You Can Do

To learn more about what you can do as a community leader, please visit our Community Energy Resources and What can you do as a Community? web pages.