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$6.5 million in federal funds move forward Sanikiluaq wind project

Sanikiluaq tower
This meteorological tower in Sanikiluaq collected three years of wind data to confirm that wind energy would be a viable option for the community. photo courtesy of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation

A one megawatt wind project that is expected to offset more than half of Sanikiluaq's use of diesel for electricity is now backed by $6.5 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada.

Ten wind turbines, each capable of generating 100 kW of energy, and 800 kWh of battery energy storage are anticipated to provide more than 4 GWh per year of clean energy for the community of close to 900 residents.

Formally known as the Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy Demonstration Project, the initiative will be owned and operated through a regional-community ownership model, designed to keep project revenues within the community.

The project is expected to achieve commercial operation by fall 2023.

“The Hamlet of Sanikiluaq is pleased to be working in collaboration with Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation on the Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy Demonstration Project,” said Johnnie Cookie, Sanikiluaq's mayor. “This project will boost local economic development and will enhance energy security for the hamlet. We look forward to seeing the success of this innovative project which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community.”

Harry Flaherty, president and CEO of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, added, "The Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy Demonstration project is guided by the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, innovative technology solutions, and sustainable development.”

Flaherty cited economic, social, and environmental benefits as being among the advantages of the initiative.

Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal said the project demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to working collaboratively with Indigenous and territorial partners to tackle climate change, transition to clean energy and create greater economic opportunity.

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