​Alberta funding installs solar array for First Nation in Maskwacis

Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations Richard Feehan and MLA Bruce Hinkley with members of Ermineskin Cree Nation’s Council and Neyaskweyahk Group board members in front of the new solar array. Image: Government of Alberta

A First Nations community near Edmonton has installed a new solar panel system as part of Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program.

With a $184,304 grant, Ermineskin Cree Nation has installed a solar array at the Maskwacis Mall.

The investment is expected to reduce utility costs by approximately $8,000 per year, as well as prevent about 980 tonnes of GHGs per year from entering the atmosphere.

The grant is part of $35 million in funding available in 2017-18 for Indigenous climate leadership programs that help Indigenous communities respond to climate change and provide greater energy security, the province says.

The Nation also received $381,000 in Alberta grants to examine potential energy-conservation measures for a number of community buildings and homes, develop two new solar voltaic farms and study its electricity distribution system.

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