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    Naujaat Solar and Energy Storage Project

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The community of Naujaat is the proposed location for one of the first utility-scale renewable energy and battery storage systems in the territory of Nunavut. The combined solar energy generation and storage project will be integrated with the communitys microgrid, which operates remotely as part of the regional electrical utility network run by Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC). The Project is proposed to include a 1.05 MW solar PV installation, with a complementary 1 MWh battery. Together, this system would have the capacity to provide nearly 30% of the communitys existing energy demand, displacing an estimated 465,000 L of diesel fuel consumption annually, or approximately 13.9 million litres over the projects 30-year lifetime. This equates to total carbon emission savings of approximately 32,500 tonnes of CO2. The Project will be built by Kivalliq Alternative Energy, a partnership between Sakku Investments Corporation (the development corporation of the Kivalliq Inuit Association), and Northern Energy Capital (a renewable energy development company that empowers northern communities in their transition from fossil fuels to clean energy).The Project began in 2020 with the development of the Naujaat Community Energy Plan (CEP), funded through the Indigenous Off Diesel Initiative. The CEP was created in collaboration with community stakeholders and concluded with a community open house hosted in Naujaat in June of 2022. Through the work of the CEP, the project team narrowed its carbon reduction focus towards development of a solar PV energy project which will contribute to achieving the communitys renewable energy goals: a clean energy system, capable of displacing fossil fuel consumption on a utility-scale, developed for and operated within Nunavuts Independent Power Producer policy. To date, preliminary feasibility work following the creation of the Community Energy Plan has included narrowing of the project scope to an appropriate size and type of energy production, engaging with key stakeholders, selecting a project site, developing the preliminary solar project design, modelling energy output, creating a project budget, and conducting a topographical survey and environmental assessment of the project area. The project team has also hired a contractor to conduct geotechnical assessment work. Further development work is scheduled to take place in 2023-2024. This work will include execution of a geotechnical assessment at the site, detailed design and engineering, securing a land lease, regulatory permitting, an interconnection study with QEC, and contractor and supplier procurement. The project is also awaiting the full release of QECs Independent Power Producer policy, currently under final review in cooperation with the Government of Nunavut, which is required in order for a non-utility owned energy project to be constructed and operated within Nunavut. Construction of the project is scheduled to take place following the completion of all development activities, likely in 2024 or 2025. Construction activities will include capital equipment purchases, preparation of the site, delivery and installation of all equipment including the solar array, battery, microgrid controller, and supporting electrical infrastructure, as well as project and development management services, commissioning, and clean up. Permanent structures to be built on the 4 ha (9.8 acre) site area will include: solar PV arrays, several inverters, transformers, electrical meters, point of interconnection equipment, battery and battery housing, a microgrid control system, underground and overhead electrical collection systems, the associated concrete or gravel pads for all equipment, and a short site access road. Additionally, a new electrical distribution line connecting the project site to the QEC powerhouse will be required. This project has received funding for early-stage development work through to 2024, and is in the process of seeking additional funding for construction activities.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening completed 2023-05-16
  • NOI Issued 2023-05-16
  • SDR Issued 2023-05-16
  • Board voting 2023-05-16
  • Extention to Screening Deadline requested 2023-05-03
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2023-04-25
  • Commenting period 2023-04-25
  • Application screening started 2023-03-23
  • Kivalliq
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