VICTORIA – Six new Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund projects will receive a total of almost $6 million from the Province to support the development of new clean energy technologies. These projects will create jobs and local investment in Vancouver, Delta, and Burnaby and Sooke.
Since 2008, 62 projects have had funding approved to develop new energy solutions to real, everyday energy and environmental challenges. This includes solar, tidal, geoexchange, water desalination and an array of technologies that use or convert our vast biomass supplies into more useful forms of green energy.
These six B.C. entrepreneurs, communities and First Nations will invest about $47 million in their projects. With government’s support of almost $6 million, this brings the total investment in green innovation to $53 million.
Through the BC Jobs Plan, British Columbia can remain at the forefront of clean energy technology for both domestic use and for export to new markets. B.C. can offer countries like China and India clean, efficient energy and waste reduction. The ICE Fund continues to help B.C. companies maintain a competitive advantage and get their ideas off the drawing board and into production.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines said, “Clean technology continues in B.C. with these six new ICE Fund projects, which will bring 184 jobs and almost $53 million in investment to B.C. communities. Projects like these are creating a strong green economy in B.C. and these technologies are being marketed worldwide. For example, the T’Sou-ke First Nation has already completed a very successful ICE funded solar project and with their new project they are now using green heating and cooling solutions for their new industrial greenhouse.”