Introduction to the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) Program
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is looking to fund projects that will decrease greenhouse gas emissions through the reduction of diesel and other fossil fuels use for electricity and heat in Canada’s rural and remote communities, and remote industrial sites. Given the Government of Canada's commitment to a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Program may reserve funding for Indigenous community led or supported projects. The Program will support a suite of Projects that exhibit regional distribution and various levels of capacity and readiness.
Who can apply?
Funding is open to a variety of applicants including legal entities incorporated or registered in Canada, governmental organizations (excluding the federal government), and Indigenous communities or governments. Please refer to the Applicants’ Guide (Section 6) for a complete list.
There are three streams to which applicants can apply.
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- BioHeat to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use (BioHeat)
Installation, retrofit, or investigation into the feasibility of biomass heating or combined heat and power systems for community and/or industrial applications in rural and remote locations.
- Innovative Demonstrations to Reduce Diesel Use (Demonstration)
Demonstrate innovative renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, and smart-grid technologies in remote Canadian communities and industrial sites.
- Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies (Deployment)
Deployment of commercially available renewable energy technologies for electricity (heat may also be produced, but the primary purpose of the Project must be electricity production), including hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy in remote communities and industrial sites.