Exploring Alternative Energy in Lutsel K’e

Posted 2013-08-30
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Category Community Visits

The community of Lutsel K’e is exploring the feasibility of building a community owned solar farm. In 2012 the GNWT released a Solar Energy Strategy for the NWT which set a goal of deploying solar systems sized up to 20 percent of the average load in diesel communities. In Lutsel K’e this means installing a maximum of 35 kilowatts of solar. On a sunny day in Lutsel K’e, 35 kilowatts of solar capacity may have the capacity to power up to 5 community buildings.

Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation Sub-Chief Emily Saunders, Councillor Ron Fatt, and SAO Graeme Drew met with Wade Carpenter, Environment and Natural Resources, Sudhir Kumar Jha, Manager, Community Infrastructure Planning, Municipal and Community Affairs and Linda Todd, Arctic Energy Alliance about the potential for solar power in Lutsel K’e to offset their electrical use. Potential sites were analyzed using the Solar Pathfinder analysis tool. Two and possibly three favourable sites were identified.

The people in the group photo are from left to right: Ron Fatt (Councillor, Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation), Emily Saunders (Sub-Chief, Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation), Sudhir Kumar Jha (Manager, Community Infrastructure Planning, Municipal and Community Affairs), Linda Todd (Arctic Energy Alliance), Graeme Drew (SAO/Band Manager, Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation), Wade Carpenter (Alternative Energy Specialist, Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Northwest Territories)