About the Program
How it Works
The program will take participants through two phases. The first phase will take place in the first 6 months of the program (February – July 2023). This will include a webinar series that covers the basics of energy efficiency and project development practices. During this phase, participants will begin initial community work and submit a project development work plan.
Examples of project work include:
The second phase of the program will take place over a 12-month period (August 2023 – July 2024). During this phase, participants will go through intensive project development work. This phase includes two weeks of intensive in-person training:
These intensives will be a deep dive on project development and training to build lasting change. They will also provide participants with time to explicitly work on projects, see existing energy efficiency projects first-hand, and complete hands-on activities. Sessions will be led by Indigenous mentors, industry experts, and leaders across many areas of energy efficiency and housing.
Examples of on-site intensive sessions include:
We recognize that energy efficiency is often not the top priority for housing in Indigenous communities, but we see it as a critical means for driving co-benefits that are important to community members such as: health, durability, and availability. With strengthened capacity and literacy of energy efficiency, we believe that communities can leverage the connection between clean energy and sustainable investment to make lasting improvements to housing.
The goal of the accelerator is to drive lasting impacts for communities. Through this program, participants will walk away with:
The scale of energy efficiency work that will be developed through the accelerator is a major undertaking and a significant time commitment must be made. Project Stewards must commit to all virtual and on-site learning. The scope of work can be similar to a medium-sized renewable energy project. The entirety of the Project Accelerator Program is 18 months, but an energy efficiency project can span multiple years.