The Governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced funding for two green infrastructure projects, including the modernization and expansion of the Klemtu hydropower plant in BC.
Built over 40 years ago, the hydropower plant in Klemtu is in need of upgrades due to aging components, notably to increase its capacity and reduce the occurrence of blackouts. The project includes replacing the penstock system to reactivate the original turbine, which will provide a significant source of renewable energy for the remote community of over 300 people.
The Government of Canada is investing over $3.89 million in this project., with the Government of British Columbia contributing over $778,000 through the CleanBC Communities Fund. The Kitasoo Xai'xais Nation is also contributing over $653,000. These amounts build on previous investments from the Government of Canada ($518,000) and the Government of British Columbia (approximately $5.5 million).
The other project being funded is the installation of solar panels and vehicle charging stations for the Thompson Okanagan Inspiration Centre.
"The upgrades to Kitasoo Xai'xais Nation's local hydropower plant will provide residents with a reliable and sustainable source of renewable energy. Congratulations to the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association in lowering the environmental impact of the Inspiration Centre and promoting the use of electric vehicles,” commented The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “These are both prime examples of green investments that help build strong, resilient communities. Canada's infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities."