Natural Resources Canada offers funding opportunities for renewable technology

In October 2017, the Canadian government earmarked $2.3 billion for the development, commercialization, and utilization of clean technologies. Open to mining companies, renewable and low-carbon technology providers, and remote communities across the country, the funding will help applicants integrate new initiatives for carbon reduction, helping reduce their reliance on fossil-fuel–based power.

Of this funding, $155 million over four years is earmarked for the Clean Growth in the Natural Resource Sectors Program, which will support clean technology research, development, and demonstration in mining, energy, and forestry.

“The program aims to advance emerging technologies toward commercial readiness, enabling natural resource operations to reduce their impacts on air, land, and water, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs,” said Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister of Innovation and Energy Technology with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in an interview for the Energy and Mines World Congress.

The 2017 Energy and Mines World Congress was held last month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with the theme “Decarbonizing the Mining Sector.” NRCan representatives spoke about the subject at the event, providing more details on this new program. Investments like this support the Green Mining Initiative, which includes programs focusing on improving energy efficiency in mining for climate change mitigation, Des Rosiers said. The new Clean Growth Program is currently open for Letter of Interest submissions, with an anticipated deadline of February 7, 2018.

In addition to the Clean Growth Program is Green Infrastructure Phase II, in which one of the five programs is the Clean Energy for Remote Communities Program (CERC). “The government has committed to reducing reliance on diesel fuel in Canada’s remote, Northern, and Indigenous communities and industrial sites by supporting a transition to more sustainable energy solutions,” Des Rosiers explained. Mining companies could apply for funding for innovative demonstrations, including using solar, tidal, wind, and other renewable technology for demand reduction. Requests for proposals will open again soon.

 

How to use Carmanah products for your funding application

Carmanah provides complete solar-powered solutions that could become part of these initiatives, including:

Mining sites are typically located where grid-based lighting solutions are difficult to implement, making reliance on expensive diesel generators all too common. Carmanah’s products offer cost-effective, reliable solutions for even the most challenging conditions. They are durable and portable for changing onsite needs, with no in-ground wiring or complex setup required.

Carmanah has a proven success record of supplying lighting solutions for mines in Canada, including the Teck Highland Valley Copper mine near Logan Lake, British Columbia, the Suncor Fort Hills oil sands in the Athabasca region of Alberta, and Syncrude oil sands in Alberta.

Download our mining brochure to learn more about solutions that can help your mining site reduce its dependency on generators, then head over to NRCan to learn if you qualify and how to submit your project for funding.

Natural Resources Canada offers funding opportunities for renewable technology

Emerging technologies funding available now

In October 2017, the Canadian government earmarked $2.3 billion for the development, commercialization, and utilization of clean technologies. Open to mining companies, renewable and low-carbon technology providers, and remote communities across the country, the funding will help applicants integrate new initiatives for carbon reduction, helping reduce their reliance on fossil-fuel–based power.

Of this funding, $155 million over four years is earmarked for the Clean Growth in the Natural Resource Sectors Program, which will support clean technology research, development, and demonstration in mining, energy, and forestry.

“The program aims to advance emerging technologies toward commercial readiness, enabling natural resource operations to reduce their impacts on air, land, and water, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs,” said Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister of Innovation and Energy Technology with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in an interview for the Energy and Mines World Congress.

The 2017 Energy and Mines World Congress was held last month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with the theme “Decarbonizing the Mining Sector.” NRCan representatives spoke about the subject at the event, providing more details on this new program. Investments like this support the Green Mining Initiative, which includes programs focusing on improving energy efficiency in mining for climate change mitigation, Des Rosiers said. The new Clean Growth Program is currently open for Letter of Interest submissions, with an anticipated deadline of February 7, 2018.

In addition to the Clean Growth Program is Green Infrastructure Phase II, in which one of the five programs is the Clean Energy for Remote Communities Program (CERC). “The government has committed to reducing reliance on diesel fuel in Canada’s remote, Northern, and Indigenous communities and industrial sites by supporting a transition to more sustainable energy solutions,” Des Rosiers explained. Mining companies could apply for funding for innovative demonstrations, including using solar, tidal, wind, and other renewable technology for demand reduction. Requests for proposals will open again soon.

 

How to use Carmanah products for your funding application

Carmanah provides complete solar-powered solutions that could become part of these initiatives, including:

Mining sites are typically located where grid-based lighting solutions are difficult to implement, making reliance on expensive diesel generators all too common. Carmanah’s products offer cost-effective, reliable solutions for even the most challenging conditions. They are durable and portable for changing onsite needs, with no in-ground wiring or complex setup required.

Carmanah has a proven success record of supplying lighting solutions for mines in Canada, including the Teck Highland Valley Copper mine near Logan Lake, British Columbia, the Suncor Fort Hills oil sands in the Athabasca region of Alberta, and Syncrude oil sands in Alberta.

Download our mining brochure to learn more about solutions that can help your mining site reduce its dependency on generators, then head over to NRCan to learn if you qualify and how to submit your project for funding.

Carmanah Solar Obstruction Lights Set New Record for Extreme Performance

At Meadowbank Mine, 70km north of Canada’s Arctic community of Baker Lake, winter temperatures can reach well below -36 °C  (-33 °F) and December days get as little as 4 hours of sunlight. Despite the harsh conditions, Carmanah’s 600 Series solar lights have performed reliably throughout the winter at the remote mining site. “The lights have worked perfectly all year long,” notes Mine Site IT Analyst Jerome Lamarre.  According to Lamarre, the coldest temperature this year reached -46 °C with a wind chill of -65 °C .

Graphic of map with a pin pointing to Meadowbank mine in Northern CanadaUntil recently, Meadowbank Mine has used a set of early generation Carmanah 601 lights operating in autonomous flash mode to mark hazards from dusk to dawn. With assistance from Canadian Carmanah distributor Land-Sea Power, Meadowbank has recently purchased an additional 12 A650 solar obstruction lights to use at the northern mine.

Meadowbank Mine opened in 2010 and is operated by Agnico-Eagle, a Canadian headquartered gold producer with operations located in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States.

Carmanah Supplies Lights for Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Suspension Bridge Project in Papua, New Guinea

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Carmanah’s authorized distributor for Australia, Orion Solar Solutions, has recently placed obstruction lights at the Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Suspension Bridge project in Papua, New Guinea.

The Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Suspension Bridge is a unique oil transmission line built to carry oil from a new production area in Papua New Guinea. Carmanah’s proven and reliable solar-powered obstruction lights were an ideal solution for this application, as the project required sealed, reliable, self-contained lights that could be easily installed.

Orion Solar has been one of Carmanah’s most active distributors after launching the company’s entire solar product line in Australia in 2004. Orion has been successful in placing lights for a range of obstruction and airfield lighting applications, including the Southport general aviation airport in Queensland.

Carmanah has more than 100,000 units installed in 110 countries and maintains a solid reputation as the world’s leader in self-contained solar LED lighting. For more information about Carmanah’s unique obstruction lighting solutions, please contact us.