Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR)

drone photograph of a coastal community with solar panels installed on roofs
Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation is building a solar-powered smart grid, with battery storage. Once complete, the system will be able to generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity. (Photo: Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation)

Funding to support remote communities relying on diesel fuel to invest in community energy planning, energy efficiency projects, and renewable energy generation. Delivered in partnership with New Relationship Trust and the Province of BC.

STATUS: Applications open. For deadlines and details, visit the CEDR info page.

The Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program supports First Nations to transition from diesel-powered electricity to renewable energy sources. This initiative, delivered by the New Relationship Trust in partnership with Coast Funds and the Province of BC, includes $29 million for First Nations to invest in:

  • Community energy planning (CEPs), including updates to existing plans;
  • Demand-side management (DSM), including energy efficiency measures; and
  • Renewable energy generation, including feasibility studies, design and engineering, and construction.

 

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The CEDR program can support sustainable energy projects in 44 different communities, including 11 First Nation communities in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii:

  • Dzawada’enuxw Nation – Ukwanalis Kingcome Inlet
  • Gitga’at Nation – Txalgiux Hartley Bay
  • Gwawaenuk Nation – Heghums Hopetown
  • Haida Nation – Old Masset, Skidegate
  • Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation – Wáglísla Bella Bella
  • Kitasoo / Xai’xais Nation – Klemtu
  • Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation – Gwa’yas’dums Gillford Island
  • Nuxalk Nation – Bella Coola
  • Ulkatcho Nation – Anahim Lake
  • Wuikinuxv Nation – Oweekeno Rivers Inlet

For more information about eligibility, applications, and mentorship opportunities, visit the NRT website.

If you have questions about the program, or would like to schedule a call to discuss your project, please email cedr@nrtf.ca.