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 aims to reduce 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.

Overview

The RERC Program is a key part of the CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES). The Strategy targets the largest diesel generating stations in B.C. and aims to reduce province-wide diesel consumption for generating electricity in remote communities by 80% by 2030.

On behalf of the Province, Coast Funds and the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) are responsible for delivering 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.