#2. Another one of the newest green energy projects in the NWT is located in the Sahtu Dene community of Colville Lake (K’áhbamį́túé), a stand-alone diesel operation community, located above the Arctic Circle.
The NWT Power Corporation (NTPC) will soon be commissioning a newly installed “solar/diesel/battery system that will shut down the diesel plant for extended periods in the summer. It is anticipated that this hybrid energy solution will significantly reduce diesel use and related emissions by supplying most of the community’s needs in the summer months.”
I am not fully aware of the details of the ownership or governance models for this project at this point, but I believe that the local government and First Nation have MINIMAL involvement given that NTPC has been the driver for this project & a few other major Solar PV installations around the NWT here where I am in Ft. Simpson & elsewhere.
There have been 2 contractors involved with this installation … Azgard Solar (installed the existing phase-1 50kW solar system which had been in 2014) http://www.azgard.com/news.php … & Green Sun Rising (added an 82.5 kW AC solar system in June of 2015): http://arctic.blogs.panda.org/default/colville-lake-captures-the-sun/
The finished generating system will have a total of 132.5 kW AC solar generation capacity, and over 200 kWhs of battery storage capacity.