The Community Power Fund has announced the approval of six new grants to communities across Ontario, one of which is a cogeneration facility.
The projects include a First Nation’s small-hydro project in the northwestern Ontario, a solar/wind project at a mosque in Maple, a co-operatively owned wind farm west of Kitchener, a solar/geothermal project at the Buckhorn Community Center, a Toronto housing co-operative solar thermal initiative, and a First Nations biomass cogeneration plant near North Bay.
Nipissing First Nation in partnership with Gemini Power is developing a biomass co-generation plant near North Bay. They were approved a $59,000 (US$40,000) feasibility grant to complete their connection impact assessment and business plan.
The Community Power Fund was founded in 2007 by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) with C$3 million (US$2 million) in seed money from the government of Ontario. The Community Power Fund’s goal is to ensure communities wanting to develop and own local renewable energy projects have access to financial resources through all stages of project development.
Meghan MacLennan, the Community Power Fund’s program manager said: ‘The projects represent a cross section of Ontario and reflect how community power can be harnessed by all Ontarians.’