Solar Workshop in Inuvik

Posted 2013-07-23
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The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) conducted a Solar Design and Installation Workshop from July 8 to 17, 2013 in Inuvik, NWT.   AEA in partnership with the Canadian Solar Institute and Soleil Power Canada Inc. delivered the PV Design and Installation Workshop.  Soleil Power Canada Inc. specializes in the design and installation of solar thermal, PV and wind energy systems and conducts training for the Canadian Solar Institute.  

The workshop involved 10 participants from the Arctic Energy Alliance, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, NT Energy,  the GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and individuals with interest in solar from Inuvik and Tsiigehtchic.   Two solar installations followed the workshop.  An off-grid 765 Watt DC system was installed at the East Three Elementary School Camp in the Mackenzie Delta on July 13-14 and an 1275 Watt DC expansion to an existing  grid-tied 875 Watt DC system on the Aurora Research Institute Building in Inuvik on July 15, 2013.  

The solar installations reinforced workshop participants’ understanding of the unique aspects of solar PV system design and installation.  In addition, the installation provided hands on experience and linked the importance of system sizing, component selection, as well as good design and installation practices in practical applications.

The workshop and installation project was designed to meet the objectives, vision, and actions identified in the NWT`s Solar Energy Strategy 2012-2017.  

The Arctic Energy Alliance recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their contributions towards the successfully implementation of  the Inuvik Solar Workshop and Installation project.
Mario Borsato – Soleil Power Canada Inc.
Jim McDonald - McDonald Brothers Electric Ltd.
Jason Dayman – East Three Elementary School
Doug Robertson – Aurora Research Institute

The picture shows Wade Carpenter and other participants at the Western Arctic Research Centre installing the 1275 Watt DC solar expansion.