The proposed Rankin Inlet Clean Energy Project will be the first renewable energy development in Nunavut capable of displacing fossil fuel on a commercial scale. The 2 MW Project has the capacity to generate over 30% of Rankin Inlet's total electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels by 4,000 Tonnes annually.
The Process to deliver the project in 2020 begins today with YOUR input.
"Together we have the opportunity to truly impact the trajectory of how energy is delivered in our communities; for now and for future generations.”
- Malek Tawashy,
Director Northern Energy Capital
Northern Energy Capital was launched in 2015 as a company dedicated to the research, investment, and development of community-owned renewable energy projects.
Based in Whitehorse, YT, Northern Energy Capital stands to empower Northern Communities in the transition from fossil fuel consumption to clean energy asset-ownership.
Jan. - Feb. 2018
Feb. - Mar. 2018
Mar. - Apr. 2018
2018 - 2020
2018 - 2020
May 2020 - Sept. 2020
25 - 30 years
Developing the Team
Community Consultation for Wind Monitoring
Application to Council for Wind Monitoring
Installation of Wind Monitoring Tower
Community Consultation and Wind Data Collection
Consultation with Qulliq Energy Corporation
Project Operations and Maintenance
Image of met tower from Northern Energy Capital's Haekel Hill project in Whitehorse, Yukon
By diversifying our energy sources, we build resilience against:
Increasing fuel costs
Plant and grid failures
The Rankin Inlet clean energy project is estimated to save
37 Million Litres of diesel, the equivalent of 4 fuel tanker ships over the course of its operating life.
Wind energy reduces:
Pollutants entering the air we breathe
Tankers in our waters
Acid rain, smog, and greenhouse gases
Water consumption from diesel energy generation
Health problems and economic damages
Winds are caused by the heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the rotation of the Earth, and the Earth's surface irregularities. For as long as the sun shines and the wind blows, the energy produced can be harnessed to send power across the grid
Wind is a clean, domestic source of energy. Nunavut’s wind supply is abundant and inexhaustible, it is sustainable for future generations.
Per Capita Saved
of Water Saved
Our Mission is to develop renewable energy projects that deliver powerful social, economic and environmental returns.
The Project will produce $16M of economic acitivity, and up to 35 added construction jobs.
The Project will produce tax revenues available for local services.
The Project will create investment opportunities under the
Own Your Power program for small businesses and community members to own a piece of this historical project.
By building local knowledge we generate:
The opportunity to be world leaders in cold climate clean energy
Our capacity to be self reliant
Skills that are of economic value both locally and away
Wind resource assessments
Energy yield assessments
Wind turbine construction
Wind turbine operations and maintenance
Our advanced wind turbine de-icing and anti-icing technology will allow the Rankin Inlet clean energy project to continue to generate power during an icing event. When microscopic ice is detected on the turbine's blades, hot air is forced into the blade cavity in real time, transferring heat to the exterior skin of the blade melting the ice, and allowing the turbine to continue to operate.
Internal hardware, software, and gearboxes are internally heated to enable the wind turbine to operate in temperatures down to -40C.
The result is more power, when it's needed the most.
The proposed location is approximately 4KM west of Rankin Inlet.
The proposed site has been relocated from its initial location after consultation in regard to the migration routes of local caribou population
The proposed site is compliant with the Transport Canada and NavCanada limiting distances from Airports.
The proposed site is within a feasible distance for connection to existing electricity infrastructure
The proposed site location is outside of the community’s core reducing resident disturbance
Upon reaching end of operable life at 25 years, the turbines will be decommissioned and replaced or the lands returned to natural state.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Timeline for the Clean Energy Project?
First, a data collection phase of 12 months is needed to quantify the wind resource at the site.
Second, it will take two years to engineer, design, build and then commission the Project.
Once operational, the Project will have an operational life of approximately 25 years.
Will this project impact local wildlife and environment?
There are no known impacts to wildlife or the environment with the installation of a met tower used for data collection.
The met tower will be used to collect environmental and wildlife data for a minimum of one year during.
During this year the potential impact to local wildlife species from wind turbines will be assessed.
A report will be submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board prior to any construction associated with the wind turbines.
How will Rankin Inlet benefit?
The Project will increase energy security while reducing the cost of energy.
The Project will also generate additional tax revenues for the community, which could be used for new services and infrastructure.
Reduced use of fossil fuel will lower emissions resulting in improved air and water quality.
Will this increase our electricity bills?
- Energy from the Project will be less expensive than burning fossil fuels.
What are the benefits to the Power Corporation?
- The power corporation benefits from the increase in cost certainty of energy, increased reliability of energy production, and an increase in the working life span of their assets; all of which reduce costs for the consumer.
How will the Project be different than the one that resulted in a broken turbine in 2012?
The wind turbines for the Project are successfully used all over the world.
These turbines are designed to withstand hurricane force wind speeds.
Our turbines are engineered to withstand the harsh conditions of Rankin Inlet.
What is the operational life of these wind turbines? And what happens at end of this time?
The operating life of our wind turbines are 25 years.
The turbines will be replaced at the end of life if the power is still needed.
Will these turbines operate in our harsh winters?
The turbines include cold weather options that serve to heat both the internal systems of the turbine and the blades and will operate down to -40°C.
All aspects of the turbines including their structural steel components, heating systems and controls are designed for this climate.
We have even included internal blade heating to prevent the buildup of ice accumulation on the blade.
What are the operations and maintenance requirements?
Operating and maintenance will be both scheduled and unscheduled.
Scheduled maintenance will occur on average twice per year over a 2-3 day period – when the power is least needed.
Unscheduled maintenance and operational monitoring will be a 24-7 task using local skilled workforce.
What jobs will be created? Will there be training for local employment?
A significant number of jobs will be created during the feasibility, design, and construction phases of the Project.
Pre-construction activities including engineering, data collection and feasibility studies will all provide opportunities for local training and job opportunities for local firms.
Civil works, concrete foundations, high voltage electrical work, and shipping and barging services will all be required locally.
Once in operation, additional training and development opportunities will be created through full time operation, maintenance and service positions.
We would love to hear your feedback on this project. Your input is greatly valued.
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