Through $150,000 provided by BC’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund, the Saulteau First Nations are using a biomass heating system, in place of a plant nursery’s propane heating with a biomass heating system.
“This funding will support Saulteau First Nations’ investment into a biomass heating project at the Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery co-owned with West Moberly First Nations,” said Nathan Parenteau, Chief of the Saulteau First Nation.
“This project will help reduce the facility’s dependence on fossil fuels, increase the sustainability of the project, protect the environment, and reduce operating costs. As well, the project directly supports Saulteau First Nations key community economic development priority – working towards the goal of energy self-sufficiency.”
It will be developed in partnership with the West Moberly First Nation.
The upgraded biomass heating system for the Twin Sisters Native Plant Nursery, in Moberly Lake, will initially heat two existing greenhouses, with the capability of supporting two additional greenhouses as they are built.
The carbon emissions caused by wood-burning, biomass heating systems are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels such as propane.
“The Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations are helping to meet the demand for specialized nurseries capable of providing local-area plants for reclamation use,” said Mike Bernier, MLA of Peace River South.
“By upgrading the nursery with the new heating system, they are showing real leadership in the development of cleaner energy options, while providing ongoing economic benefits for their communities.”
Funding for this project and other agreements is part of the Province’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations. BC has 35 clean energy revenue-sharing agreements with 27 First Nations in total.