The impacts of climate change are felt across the North, and Indigenous communities are taking action to secure a resilient and low-emissions energy future. The Government of Canada is investing in community-led clean energy projects with remote Indigenous communities that are transitioning away from diesel while advancing reconciliation and self-determination.
The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced over $7.6 million for three clean energy projects in Nunavut that will enhance understanding of energy use and support renewable energy technology in remote Arctic environments.
The three investments include:
- $6.5 million for the Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation's Sanikiluaq Renewable Energy Demonstration Project that will install a high-penetration wind turbine and battery system that is anticipated to generate 4,026,000 kWh of energy annually, displacing more than 50 percent of diesel fuel used to generate electricity in the community.
- Over $750,000 for NRStor Inc. and the Hamlet of Arviat to conduct a front-end engineering design study for a hybrid wind, solar and energy storage system to develop a detailed plan covering everything from power-purchase agreements to environmental assessment and permitting to enhance the Nunavut community's ability to deliver renewable energy and reduce emissions.
- $400,000 for the Government of Nunavut to develop a comprehensive Community Energy Plan with every community in Nunavut to serve as models for planning processes to be followed in the remaining communities.
As outlined in Canada's strengthened climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, ensuring Canada is a world leader in clean power is a top priority. The government is investing an additional $300 million over five years to give rural, remote and Indigenous communities currently reliant on diesel the opportunity to be powered by clean, reliable energy by 2030.
- All three projects were funded through Natural Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program, an eight-year, $220-million program to reduce reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities by deploying and demonstrating renewable energy projects, encouraging energy efficiency, and building local skills and capacity.
- It is also part of the Government of Canada's Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, a more than $180-billion investment over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade, and transportation routes and Canada's rural and northern communities.
SOURCE: Natural Resources Canada