The federal government is providing $200,000 in Community Development Program funding for green energy initiatives in the North Thompson Valley and elsewhere, M.P. Cathy McLeod announced on Tuesday.
"Our government's top priority remains the economy, and lessening the impact of invasive species like the mountain pine beetle is necessary to ensure the economic prosperity of British Columbia," said McLeod. "By turning forest waste into useful products, we can ensure sustainable employment, innovative business ventures and more robust economies for the affected rural regions."
A total of $80,000 will be used for a green energy opportunity scan for the communities of Clearwater, Barriere, Simpcw First Nation and surrounding areas. The opportunity scan will identify the Valley's potential for green energy development, such as micro-hydro, wind, geothermal and so on.