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Indigenous communities are rejecting non-indigenous energy projects in favour of community-led sustainable energy infrastructure.
The switch has led to some improvements in economic and social development as well as capacity-building for self-governance, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.
Communities - Control - Energy - Production - Government
"Many indigenous communities decided to take back control of their own energy production and not rely so heavily on government utilities," said Konstantinos Karanasios, lead researcher and Ph.D. candidate at Waterloo's Faculty of Environment. "By building solar, wind and hydroelectric power projects, they have been able to develop at their own pace, realize their own vision for environmental sustainability and learn valuable lessons about how to build and manage infrastructure projects."
The study looked at 71 renewable energy projects, including wind, hydroelectric and solar power, installed between 1980 and 2016 in remote indigenous communities across Canada.
Projects - Results
The small-scale projects examined demonstrated positive results environmentally and economically...
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