Kugaaruk Solar Freezer
Updated: Jun 13, 2021
Image source: Alex Ittimangnaq/CBC
In 2021, Kugaaruk has entered phase two of its $1.3-million, three-year community energy plan, which will kick off new rounds of community consultation. That will be followed by a request for proposals to find a renewable energy company to offer expertise.
Alex Ittimangnaq, the clean energy manager with the hamlet and a graduate of the Indigenous Clean Energy 20/20 Catalysts program, spearheaded the installation of a 10-kilowatt solar array, that is sitting on top of the community arena. When operational, the solar panels will power the community freezer, through the summer months when the freezer is most expensive to cool. Connecting to the local grid remains a challenge, but the community is working to overcome that barrier. This project is partly funded through the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative.
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