Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) Program
Delivered by Coast Funds and the Fraser Basin Council under the CleanBC Plan
As part of CleanBC, the Province of B.C.’s Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) Program will assist remote communities in B.C. to reduce their reliance on diesel by funding the capital costs of renewable electricity projects. The program is designed to complement other initiatives that assist remote communities as they undertake energy planning, increase energy efficiency, and decarbonize their energy systems.
The RERC Program is a key part of the Province’s Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES), announced in the CleanBC Plan. The Strategy targets the 22 largest diesel generating stations in B.C. and aims to reduce province-wide diesel consumption for generating electricity in remote communities by 80 per cent by 2030.
On behalf of the Province, Coast Funds and the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) will provide up to $16.5 million to remote communities to develop renewable electricity projects. Coast Funds is responsible for delivering the RERC Program with First Nations located in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii regions. The Fraser Basin Council is responsible for delivering the RERC Program with all other remote communities in B.C.
The program supports renewable electricity projects by funding construction activities such as engineering, contract labour, equipment for project construction, training costs, technology procurement, and associated materials.
Program details are now available. To access a program guide and application form, please visit the following links:
RERC Eligible Communities
Anahim Lake – Cariboo Regional District
Bull Harbour – Tlatlasikwala First Nation
Elhlateese – Uchucklesaht Tribe Government
Firvale – Central Coast Regional District
Fort Ware – Kwadacha First Nation
Good Hope Lake - Dease River First Nation
Hagensborg – Central Coast Regional District
Hot Springs Cove – Hesquiaht First Nation
Kluskus Lake – Lhoosk’uz Dené
Nimpo Lake – Cariboo Regional District
Queen Charlotte City
Sandspit – Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Skidegate Landing - Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Telegraph Creek – Tahltan Nation
Tlell – Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Toad River – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
Tsay Keh Dene Nation
Village of Masset
Village of Port Clements
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government