KUGLUKTUK, NU, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
Increasing the use of clean energy is a key component of the Government of Canada's approach to promoting sustainable economic growth and reducing reliance on diesel. That is why the government is investing in an expansion of the Hamlet of Kugluktuk's solar power array.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).
The Hamlet of Kugluktuk is increasing the size of its rooftop solar panel array on its recreational complex to reduce its dependency on diesel generated power. The upgrade has the potential to offset 70,000 litres of diesel per year and more than two million litres over the lifetime of the panels. This will result in significant financial savings for the Hamlet and a reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
These investments are a part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund established to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $12.8 million is being invested across the three territories.
"Our government is committed to exploring innovative ways to use renewable energy technologies in Canada's Arctic. By using solar panels in Kugluktuk it will help with energy conservation, efficiency, and green infrastructure."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor
"Renewable energy helps to mitigate climate change, reduce the territory's reliance on diesel, and can reduce energy costs for Nunavummiut. I am pleased to see Kugluktuk taking action on energy and climate change issues in the community. Our government supports projects that build a sustainable energy future for Nunavut."
- The Honourable Elisapee Sheutiapik, Minister of Environment, Government of Nunavut
"The Hamlet of Kugluktuk appreciates all of the support from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and The Government of Nunavut Economic Development and Transportation Department. With their help, we have ensured sustainable operations of our Community Recreation Complex, while reducing our dependency on diesel generated electricity. This will have long lasting health, social and economic impacts for our community."
- Ryan Nivingalok, Mayor of Kugluktuk
- CanNor is contributing $302,955 with the Government of Nunavut's Department of Economic Development and Tourism adding $100,985. Total funding is $403,940.
- Kuglukuk's arena complex is an important social hub for the community, containing the community hall, ice rink, indoor soccer, community kitchen and youth centre.
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SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information: Karl W. Sasseville, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, 343-291-2500; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, [email protected]; Media Relations, CanNor, 867-667-3210, [email protected]; For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca; Eric Blair, Manager, Communications, Government of Nunavut, 867-975-7721; Bill Williams, Community Economic Development Officer, Hamlet of Kugluktuk, 867-982-6502