Project Recycle, Up-cycle & Renewable Energy
During the past two years, SDNR has engaged with several projects mainly geared towards working along-side those living in isolated Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. As a newly acquired start-up, we are proud of the relationships we have built thus far, and we look forward to enabling and fostering these important milestones in the months and years ahead!
While many people living in isolated reserves share similar circumstances, one thing that all communities have in common is the need to protect the environment while also searching for ways to build their economy in a good way. To this end, we are excited about our new partnerships with the Province of Ontario and our fellow Indigenous communities.
In 2016 the province announced that it will spend $5 million dollars from the Green Investment Fund to the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources, in partnership with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation. This investment will help provide Indigenous communities with training, tools and infrastructure to address climate change by:
- developing climate change adaptation plans
- building technical capacity so Indigenous communities are able to take advantage of economic opportunities from Ontario’s cap and trade program
- creating a Northern Ontario climate change impact study using data from the adaptation plans
Ontario is also committing $8 million to develop advanced microgrid solutions in First Nations communities. These microgrid projects will support economic growth by reducing reliance on diesel fuel and enabling stable, predictable sources of power. These projects will show how renewable generation and energy storage can:
- replace diesel fuel as a source of power
- reduce GHG emissions
- improve reliability for customers
- leverage an emerging international market for advanced microgrids and create new economic opportunities
With these new partnerships in mind, we look forward to our continued success with our Indigenous counterparts as we work together to protect Mother Earth while at the same time, creating clean economic opportunities for those in isolated communities.