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Renewable Skills Initiative

Renewable Infrastructure for Remote Communities

The Renewable Skills Initiative is designed to build up the workforce required to fill the growing need for skilled solar and wind energy industry workers while empowering fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to enter these industries.

Throughout 2020, Iron & Earth worked with the Louis Bull Tribe to develop two community-based rapid upskilling programs for fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers. The 10-day solar program and a 10-day wind energy program each include five days of in-class work and five days of hands-on training which involves the installation of a small solar and wind energy system. Iron & Earth’s Renewable Skills training programs are rapidly upskilling fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers into emerging solar and wind energy careers while supporting communities that are interested in installing renewable energy infrastructure.

We are proud to have partnered with Maskwacis Cultural College (MCC) to deliver these training programs for the first time in 2022.  The Community Solar Skills Training Program took place in April 2022 and the Community Wind Skills Training Program took place in August 2022. Jason Courtepatte, Master Electrician from Tapitow Li Salay, was Iron & Earth's lead instructor for the programs. Borrum Energy donated a wind turbine and provided their expertise on small wind systems during the training program delivery. Upon completion of the training program, trainees became part of Iron & Earth's alumni network and were invited to participate in our Climate Mentorship Program to support them on their renewable energy career path.


Workers on roof installing solar panels

Iron & Earth, in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government, hosted its Community Solar Skills Training Program in Rigolet and Hopedale as part of the Nunatsiavut Government’s Youth Energy Training Initiative. The training program took place in July and early August 2022. Trainees were provided with access to Fall Arrest Certification Training and the in-class portion of the Community Solar Skills Training Program in Rigolet from July 11 - 17, 2022. Trainees were provided hands-on installation instruction and experience working alongside Green Sun Rising at one of two installations located in Rigolet and Hopedale. Devin Keats, Journeyperson Electrician/Advanced Electrical Instructor, was the Lead Instructor for the Community Solar Skills Training Program. Five trainees successfully completed the training program and were onboarded into Iron & Earth’s Climate Mentorship Program and alumni network.

Watch the video from the Rigolet installation. 


In 2023 we will be bringing similar sustainable energy training programs with small scale renewable power generation systems across Canada.
Learn about one of those projects in this podcast with Carl Squirrel from Gonezu Energy where we are part of an initiative to bring solar energy to cabins in the Dehcho.

Iron & Earth works with communities to develop customized sustainable energy programs which promote energy diversification and provide trainees with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to pursue employment in a related career. All programs are specialized for delivery in rural and Indigenous communities and are fully funded by Iron & Earth and its partners.

The energy transition is already underway in Canada and renewable power generation can be a prosperous transition for individuals and communities.

Iron & Earth brings change through action so if you or your community are ready to make a change, use the Contact Us button on this page or send an email to [email protected] .

Iron & Earth is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.