Tŝilhqot’in National Government Solar Farm – BCICEI Funded project in 2018/2019
Indigenous Clean Energy
The British Columbia Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) provides support and capacity-building funds to Indigenous communities working on the development of clean energy projects.
BCICEI funding will enable the implementation of cost-effective clean energy and efficiency projects through support for:
- Feasibility and site selection activities
- Environmental review and permitting
- Project design and engineering
- Demand side management.
The initiative will also target remote and off-grid communities seeking to reduce dependency on conventional diesel power generation.
Who Can Apply
- BC First Nations
- Tribal Councils
- Indigenous for profit and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, and other legal entities which are majority owned and controlled by First Nation communities.
Project Funding Categories
Eligible BCICEI projects could receive support through contributions up to $500,000 in assisted project costs; project support levels will be determined based on demand for funds, the strength of applications, and project development categories.
Categories of project development phases under BCICEI include:
Activities conducted to assess the project in detail, such that a decision can be made on proceeding with the project. Feasibility and site selection activities include: hydrologic assessment, wind monitoring, resource assessments, archaeological overview assessment, preliminary designs, business plans, detailed cost estimates, etc.
Project design and engineering activities for this stage include: issuing tender documents for the purpose of selecting contractors, negotiating and establishing contracts, as well as interconnection studies, electricity project management, legal agreements, financing fees, pre-construction activities, financial modeling, etc.
Development activities for this stage include: costs for such items as applying for and obtaining permits and approvals (including those necessary to create a Development Plan as required by the BC government), land surveys and land rights, etc.
Conservation and efficiency activities designed to manage demand for energy. Examples of such activities include: energy performance modeling to establish a path for compliance with environmental building codes or standards, studies related to the design of energy efficient building systems or models, etc.
Installation of small scale clean energy projects or small scale community-owned energy generation to power the First Nation community in whole or in part that could include biomass, biogas, geothermal, hydro, solar, wind or ocean power. Small scale would include projects to provide power for community buildings or 100kw or less; small scale would include projects that make the community grid independent (or less grid dependent).
Projects that have an existing energy purchase agreement, or impact benefit agreement, that are expected to generate significant revenue and jobs for its community. Both capital and non-capital costs that will assist the execution of the agreement are considered eligible.
How To Apply
Application process for 2022-23 will open soon.
To keep informed of the launch date, please contact the coordinators listed in this section to request an update when the BCICEI will open.
Read the BCICEI Application Guidelines, which also contains our Frequently Asked Questions on page 12.
Complete all fields of the BCICEI Application Form (electronically or manually) BCICEI Application Form (word) or BCICEI Application Form (PDF).
If submitting electronically, save the completed BCICEI Application with the following filename format: ApplicantName_BCICEI_ddmmyy.doc
Prepare supporting documentation to submit with the BCICEI Application as a complete application package (see sections 4 and 5.2 of the BCICEI Application Guidelines)
Email or mail (fax submissions not accepted) the completed BCICEI Application Form and all necessary supporting documentation to the New Relationship Trust. To ensure your submission will be considered, do not submit individually or in pieces.
Email Subject (example):
‘XYZ First Nation, email 1 of 4’
*NEW EMAIL FOR 2021-2022 INTAKE*
New Relationship Trust
Attention: Sarah Powell & Selina Beltran
3188 Alder Court
North Vancouver, BC
Guidelines & Application (word)
The BCICEI grant cycle for 2022-23 will open in the fall 2022.