DAWSON CREEK -- Three First Nations energy projects in Northern B.C. are receiving $400,000 from the province.

The Doig and Saulteau First Nation are both receiving $150,000 to install residential solar systems on the reserve lands.

The solar system project has been put in place to help vulnerable low-income community members, advance energy self-sufficiently and reduce energy bills.

The Clarke Lake geothermal project is also receiving $100,000 to continue repurposing the Clarke Lake gas field near Fort Nelson, into geothermal electricity and heat production.

The Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Murray Rakin says these projects are a way to bring remote communities clean-energy alternatives.

“We’re working to support First Nations in developing clean-energy alternatives, especially in remote communities. The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund continues to be a great resource to strengthen Indigenous participation in the clean-energy sector and support energy-efficient, resilient communities in their transition to a low-carbon future,” says Rakin.

The funding is coming from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.