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.

Overview

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.

Purpose

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.

Details

Program details are now available. To access a program guide and application form, please visit the following links:

coastfunds.ca/apply

fraserbasin.bc.ca/rerc

RERC Eligible Communities

Da’naxda’xw

Awaetlala

Dzawada’enuxw

Gitga’at

Gwawaeneuk

Heiltsuk

Kwikwasut’inux Haxwa’mis

Kitasoo/Xai’Xais

Nuxalk

Haida

Ulkatcho

Wuikinuxv

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

Jade City

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