VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia has earmarked $7.1 million in funding for First Nations’ clean-energy projects.

The funding will be divvied up between 12 First Nations communities depending on specific project needs, ranging in scope from $350,000 for a biomass combined heat-and-power system for the Lhoozk’uz Dene Nation to $2 million for a two-megawatt solar farm on Haida Gwaii’s northern grid, states a news release.

The funding comes through the Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) Program, a $29-million, three-year CleanBC initiative to reduce remote communities’ reliance on diesel.

“Today, it is apparent that senior governments are serious about diesel reduction for electricity generation,” said David Benton, clean-energy lead with the Gitga’at First Nation of Hartley Bay, in the release.

“Increasing our capacity and the moral support is a game changer.”

The province is set to announce more CEDR program funding shortly.

Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to New Relationship Trust and Coast Funds, two of the province’s partners on the project, for application assistance and details.

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