September 27, 2023
Off the grid: Iqaluit lodge goals for vitality independence

Qikiqtaaluk Corp. subsidiary hopes microgrid can show renewable vitality is adequate and cost-effective

Up to date Friday, Feb. 10 at 1:20 p.m.

It’s a science venture match for a lodge.

To show adequate vitality may be produced with out counting on a regional energy grid, Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corp. is establishing a microgrid system on the Aqsarniit Lodge and Convention Centre in Iqaluit.

A mixture of solar energy, battery storage and diesel vitality will energy the constructing. In the meantime, the system will entice warmth from its diesel technology to warmth the lodge in winter.

The venture ought to permit Aqsarniit to unplug from the bigger, citywide grid operated by Qulliq Vitality Corp.

The end result: vitality independence.

Off the grid: Iqaluit lodge goals for vitality independence

“This might be a pleasant solution to present that we will do it,” mentioned Heather Shilton, director of Nunavut Nukkiksautiit, the renewable vitality subsidiary of the Qikiqtaaluk Corp. The company additionally owns the Aqsarniit lodge.

The opposite aim, Shilton mentioned, is to exhibit that renewable vitality may be efficient and economical.

Nunavut Nukkiksautiit initially hoped to attach the venture to QEC’s grid.

However to do this, the company would have needed to signal on to QEC’s Business and Institutional Energy Producers program. That transfer wouldn’t have made monetary sense for the company, Shilton mentioned.

Heather Shilton, of Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corp., says the Aqsarniit Lodge and Convention Centre in Iqaluit ought to finally see financial savings via a microgrid energy system. (Photograph courtesy of Heather Shilton)

The plan is to assemble the microgrid by fall 2024 and be operational quickly after that.

The entire value might be $7 to $8 million.

Qikiqtani Inuit Affiliation gave Nunavut Nukkiksautiit $2.8 million for the venture in January, at its annual basic assembly.

The federal authorities additionally contributed cash via Pure Assets Canada’s Clear Vitality for Rural and Distant Communities program.

The intention is for 20 per cent of the vitality offered from the microgrid to be renewable.

Shilton mentioned it also needs to be cheaper to energy the lodge however it would take a couple of months after it’s operational to gather information and get a extra exact account of financial savings.

She mentioned she hopes this venture may be an instance for future renewable vitality tasks within the territory.

“I believe it’ll be a pleasant venture from that perspective,” Shilton mentioned.

Correction: This text has been up to date from a earlier model to notice Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corp. is a subsidiary of Qikiqtaaluk Corp., which additionally owns the Aqsarniit lodge.