Government of Canada supports solar power initiative
The Government of Canada announced that the Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity program has provided the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven $140,000 over two years (2018-2020) for the installation of a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the local arena.
This project is a part of a series of clean energy initiatives that the Hamlet has been pursuing with World Wildlife Fund Canada and Natural Resources Canada’s Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative.
The solar photovoltaic system is installed and generating electricity that the arena uses. Additional unused energy will become available for the local power grid, and Qulliq Energy Corporation will provide a credit to the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, which will help to offset the overall cost of power consumption. The community will monitor its performance through the installation of smart meter technology.
“By supporting the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven in this project, we reduce Northern communities’ reliance on diesel for electricity and heating by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources,” said Daniel Vandal, Minister, Northern Affairs. “This project will bring environmental, social and economic benefits and will allow for stronger, healthier, and more sustainable northern communities.”