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Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy

Strategic Area

Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities, Demonstration




Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corporation


Green Infrastructure



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Sanikiluaq, NU

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Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation
Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corporation

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Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation

Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to reduce diesel fuel consumption, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver community socio-economic benefits in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, through the design, installation, and operation of a high-penetration wind and battery system to complement the existing diesel microgrid.

The Project will demonstrate an innovative high-penetration hybrid energy system comprised of one (1) MW wind turbine and a complimentary battery energy storage system (BESS). The project will demonstrate a unique approach to renewable energy development in the North, using proven technologies to support the clean energy transition in Nunavut.

The project will integrate the innovative hybrid system with Sanikiluaq’s diesel grid to achieve high diesel displacement.

Expected Results

The wind turbine will generate an anticipated 4,500,000 kWh of energy annually. This can displace more than 50% of the diesel fuel used for electricity generation with clean, non-emitting renewable power, in addition to revenue generation and other community economic benefits.

The goal of the project is to enable surplus renewable energy to meet thermal loads within the community. The project will be delivered through a regional-community ownership structure and will be a model for the transition from diesel to sustainable clean energy systems in remote and Indigenous communities in Canada.

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