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Agency responsible for Ontario’s power system dishes out $7.1 million for 61 Indigenous energy support projects
Garden River First Nation will receive up to $200,000 for solar-powered tiny homes as part of a $7.1-million funding package for Indigenous energy support programs from the agency responsible for Ontario’s power system.
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced on April 30 that it’s providing funding for 61 energy-related projects aimed at promoting energy efficiency and increasing Indigenous participation in the province’s energy sector.
According to Terry Young, IESO’s interim president and chief executive officer, the agency funded a community energy plan for Garden River First Nation in 2014 and 2015, and has provided funding through its Community Energy Champion (CEC) program in order to hire someone within the community to help plan, implement and evaluate energy-related priorities.