New SREPs stream encourages First Nation, Métis and Inuit participation
By Anthony Capkun
September 16, 2021 – Natural Resources Canada has launched a new stream under the Smart Renewables & Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) “that will focus on building capacity to enable community-driven solutions to succeed in the low-carbon economy”.
Under this new stream, NRCan will support eligible projects that “build knowledge and skills related to renewable and grid modernization technologies, as well as support initiatives that will create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive energy sector”.
The projects funded will encourage communities and individuals to actively participate in the electricity and renewable energy sectors’ transition to a “greener future”. The stream aims to support a suite of projects across the country, while encouraging the participation and leadership of First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities.
This builds on the official launch of SREPs in June 2021, which saw the announcement of $964 million in support toward building Canada’s low-emissions energy future and a renewable, electrified economy through projects that focus on non-emitting, cleaner energy technologies, such as storage, and modernizing electricity system operations.