One of CNLP’s most exciting projects is the development of the largest solar project in the Yukon. The seven rows of photovoltaic panels, covering seven hectares or 10 soccer fields, will be capable of generating 1.9 megawatts of power, enough electricity to replace 350,000 litres of diesel per year — or 60 per cent of the fuel required to meet the community’s power needs. The project also provides a battery that can store four megawatts of electricity — enough to power one home in Yukon for four months.
The project will reduce emissions 31,000 tonnes over the project’s 25-year life; including diesel refinement and transportation emissions.
The roughly 100 residents of Beaver Creek could eventually benefit financially through the Yukon government’s independent power producer program. The program enables communities and residents to sell the utility wind, solar and biomass energy they’ve produced for use in its grid. In this case, power bills for individuals wouldn’t change as the solar panels feed into the local grid, but the First Nation would receive the revenue rather than the utility.
Included in the project design is the ability to sell electricity to ATCO electric, the community’s power distributor.
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