The government of Canada this week announced a CAD 15.5-million investment in a solar-plus-storage project in the Yukon, the most northwestern area of the country.
The Beaver Creek solar project will combine 1.9 MW of solar panels and 3.5 MWh of battery energy storage and is the Yukon’s largest solar power project so far.
The government’s investment will allow Copper Niisuu Limited Partnership, the development corporation of White River First Nation, to deliver the project.
It consists of more than CAD 13.4 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities programme and CAD 2 million from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency’s (CanNor) Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth) program.
The solar array will make the community less reliant on diesel for electricity, reducing emissions and improving energy security. It is expected to generate an average of 1,100 MWh per year, removing some 55% of diesel consumption for power production.
The funding was announced as part of a visit to the Yukon by Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Story by Plamena Tisheva of RenewablesNow. Sourced via a partnership with the publication.