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NEWS: Nunavut January 04, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut community to expand solar project with new federal funds

Kugluktuk's arena to get 144 new solar panels in 2018

SARAH ROGERS
Kugluktuk's arena complex, pictured here in 2017, has been fitted with 144 new solar panels, bringing its capacity up to 60 kilowatts. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HAMLET OF KUGLUKTUK)
Kugluktuk's arena complex, pictured here in 2017, has been fitted with 144 new solar panels, bringing its capacity up to 60 kilowatts. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HAMLET OF KUGLUKTUK)

The Hamlet of Kugluktuk received an early Christmas present this year: funding to expand the array of solar panels on the community’s arena complex.

On Dec. 21, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and the Government of Nunavut announced a $403,000 grant for the energy project in the western Nunavut community.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada funded the original installation last year—a 10-kilowatt pilot project on the arena’s roof, designed to collect one year of data.

The new funding will pay for 20 additional solar arrays, or 144 panels, on the building to increase the project’s capacity by another 50 kilowatts.

“This will reduce costs associated with powering the facility by approximately $64,000 per year and offset approximately 70,000 litres of diesel per year,” CanNor said in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

The project will translate into long-term financial savings for the Hamlet, but also mark a drop in greenhouse gas emissions.

“Renewable energy helps to mitigate climate change, reduce the territory’s reliance on diesel and can reduce energy costs for Nunavummiut,” said Nunavut’s minister of environment, Elisapie Sheutiapik, in a Dec. 21 release.

“Our government supports projects that build a sustainable energy future for Nunavut.”

The funding also includes a “smart meter” to track energy usage and the efficiency of the new installation. Two hamlet employees will be trained to maintain and monitor the solar array, CanNor said.

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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by Andrew English on January 05, 2018

Hi,

Has the one year of data to track energy usage and the efficiency from the pilot project been collected and is it available? 

Cheers,

Andy English

#2. Posted by Lance on January 05, 2018

This type of project does nothing to improve the lives of ordinary citizens. It just improves the bottom line for the Hamlet. What we need is subsidy programs that encourage home-owners to install their own solar panels, reduce their power costs and improve their standard of living.

#3. Posted by Regualr People on January 05, 2018

#2. Recreation Centres, and Youth Spaces are key to the social and physical well being of any community. If a communty can reduce its operating costs on a building like this I think it has benefit to everyone. And lets be honest. How many prvate homes are there in these communities? Probably not very many. I think all government should adapt like this to save tax money!

#4. Posted by Social Housing is Government Housing on January 05, 2018

it’s easy to get nearly all houses in nunauvut on alt energy if the gov just focused on upgrading their inventory of social housing, but that’s the problem, many and most social housing units are lived in but essentially condemned.

#1 good question

#5. Posted by Andrew English on January 07, 2018

#4..  I agree with your assessment re: Gov’t focus.  I doubt that those solar panels will produce any electricity at all from November thru January.  That’s why I asked about the year’s worth of data.

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