Paulatuk Solar Panel Installations

Posted 2011-11-02
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The Hamlet of Paulatuk should be congratulated on getting their Photovoltaic (PV) panels installed and feeding power back into the local power grid. The local Youth Centre has 28 x 175 Watt panels, for a total of 5 KW, installed on its roof and 10 x 175W panels, for a total of 1.8 KW were installed on the south wall of Angik School. The GNWT’s Department of Environment & Natural Resources and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program provided funding support for the project. It has taken three years to finish this project and a lot was learned along the way.
Boyd Solar, the PV system supplier, Donald Andre from AEA Inuvik regional office and Steve Outlet from AEA Yellowknife office worked with the Hamlet and the School to ensure that all the required hardware was available for the installer. When Independent Electric Services Ltd. made the journey to Paulatuk, everything was there and the installations took less time than was anticipated.
Debbie Ruben, the SAO in Paulatuk, was very happy to have power flowing back into the grid to help reduce the high power cost.