Aki Energy is an Aboriginal social enterprise linking First Nations to the green economy.
Many First Nations spend enormous sums of money on heating their buildings on an annual basis. This is money that leaves the community, creating next to no employment.
It doesn't have to be that way. Aki Energy is committed to lowering utility bills on First Nations in Manitoba through green energy.
In Manitoba today, wind energy, solar energy and small scale hydro are not yet cost effective options for most First Nations. Our focus is on what will save money today, focusing on geothermal energy, biomass systems and solar thermal hot water heating - all proven technologies that will reduce energy bills in your community.
Aki Energy is currently piloting a project with Garden Hill First Nation to develop a local food hub, which would bring together local market gardening and small scale agriculture, traditional foods harvesting and a 'good food box' program to offer healthy, affordable locally produced foods in the community.
This project is a partnership between Garden Hill First Nation, Aki Energy, the University of Manitoba and Four Arrows Regional Health Authority. If successful, Aki Energy would work with interested First Nations to expand this approach across Manitoba.
Local Job Creation
Aki Energy is about creating local green jobs and business oppourtunities.
With the green economy growing rapidly across Canada, Aki Energy believes that First Nations can become leaders in geothermal energy development, both at home and in the broader economy.
Aki Energy delivers comprehensive green technology installation and maintenance training programs to certify First Nations construction companies to install, maintain all systems - creating local jobs and business development opportunities.
Many cost-saving energy solutions come with high upfront costs. Aki Energy will work with First Nations partners to find financing solutions that work.
In Manitoba, Aki Energy works with Manitoba Hydro's Pay-As-You-Save financing program to finance First Nations green energy development. This on-bill financing system is simple to administer, and allows First Nations to invest in cost-effective efficient and sustainable energy today, without high upfront costs.
Where PAYS financing doesn't fit, we will work with your community to find financing that fits.