Miywasin Centre receives funding for solar panels

By Leah Murray/Matt Pouncy
August 9, 2018 - 5:50pm Updated: August 9, 2018 - 7:09pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — The Miywasin Friendship Centre in Medicine Hat received funding today to put in a solar panel system.

The province is providing nearly $100,000 to the centre through the Indigenous Solar Program.

The solar panels could generate over 36,000 kilowatt hours per year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It will help reduce the organization's utility costs by nearly $5,000 a year.

Hon. Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations, says the money the Miywasin Centre saves will be put back into programming.

“You spend a lot of money just opening your door. Before you actually do anything for people and the more we can reduce the cost for opening the doors. Then the more likely we are to make sure that all the donations that come in the future are directly to programming, and directly to citizens here in Medicine Hat,” said Feehan.

The Alberta government is providing a total of $35 million towards climate leadership programs that help indigenous communities across the province.

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