Eskasoni First Nation receives funding for green energy infrastructure improvements

Infrastructure Canada

Today, Jaime Battiste, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Brian Comer, Minister Responsible for the Office of Mental Health and Addictions, on behalf of Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables; and Leroy Denny, Chief of the Eskasoni First Nation, announced joint funding for the construction of a solar energy generation system for Eskasoni Cold Logistics.

Funding will support the development and installation of a 583 kilowatt ground mounted solar energy system on the company’s live lobster storage facility. The project will reduce overall energy demands, and in turn, lower energy costs for the facility. The community will use the cost savings to fund other important services for residents. The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide training opportunities for community members in the installation and maintenance of solar energy systems.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $128,610, while the Eskasoni First Nation is contributing $245,205.

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