The Old Crow Solar Array

The Vuntut Gwitchin Government approached Yukon University’s Northern Energy Innovation research team to conduct a power system impact study of Old Crow’s electrical grid to determine if and how the renewable resource could be integrated into the system to provide a stable and reliable energy source. The study provided a basis for Vuntut Gwitchin Government to move ahead and implement its vision for greater energy security and low-carbon resilience. Concurrently, the Yukon Government developed an independent power producer policy that allows communities to generate electricity and sell it into existing grids. The community of Old Crow can now operate without the use of diesel for 95 to 100 non-consecutive days of the year. The success of this project was enabled through a coordinated and collaborative effort by the private sector, governments and academia.

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