Crumbling and inadequate infrastructure is a pressing issue for many rural communities and First Nations.
Challenges ranging from a lack of safe, affordable housing to environmentally dangerous sewer systems; from deteriorating roads and bridges to poor (or non-existent) bandwidth pose very serious problems across rural BC.
Some rural communities and First Nations are tackling these challenges themselves, developing and owning needed infrastructure, in the process creating revenue and reducing costs.
An excellent case in point is the Hucapasath First Nation's China Creek micro-hydro project, near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, as showcased in the video.
Green Energy as a Rural Economic Development Tool, Vol. 1,:Making Investment and Governance Decisions
Green Energy as a Rural Economic Development Tool, Vol. 2: Case Studies in Financing and Ownership of Clean Energy Solutions
Powering Our Province: An Analysis of the Clean Energy Business & Workforce Opportunities for Communities in British Columbia
North Thompson Green Energy Opportunities
Final Report, Green Energy as a Rural Economic Development Tool Project
Granisle Biomass Furnace Case Study
Fink Machine Biomass District Hearting Project, Enderby, BC
Hupacasath First Nation Leads the Green Energy Charge
Ramona Faust on community energy projects in the West Kootenay
by Rupert Downing, June 1, 2018 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in Scotland, one of the most impactful examples…