One hundred homes on the Peguis and Fisher River First Nations will get geothermal heat pumps this summer, installed by their neighbours.
The province is fronting $1.5 million to retrofit homes with heat pumps. Residents will pay back the cost of the pumps via savings on their monthly bills — savings that should amount to $90 a month.
As many as 30 First Nation members have been trained to install the pumps, meaning the project doubles as a job-creation program. Aki Energy, a joint venture between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the BUILD social enterprise agency, and the geothermal industry.
Four more First Nations could see the same program next summer.