Canada’s Nunavut territory goes solar

Despite its polar climate and its proximity with the North Pole, the Canadian province of Nunavut has decided to support the installation of small-sized PV and wind power generators through net metering.

The region’s power utility Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) announced that a new net metering scheme will allow residential customers and one municipal corporation customer per community to generate their own electricity from solar and wind, and integrate them into the company’s grid.

Under the scheme, net metering customers will receive a kWh credit for excess energy delivered from the renewable energy generation source to QEC system.

The program will be open to renewable energy power stations not exceeding 10 kW.

The company said that potential for solar projects is particularly good in the southern areas of Nunavut. “Solar energy potential in the territory is a peculiar case, as the amount of solar energy along the Hudson Bay coast is comparable to the amount of solar energy that reaches southern Quebec, much of Ontario, and the Maritimes, while solar energy reaching the northern half of Nunavut is lower than any other part of Canada,” explains QEC on its website.

The company is now testing a pilot PV system QEC power plant in Iqaluit. Full program information will be available on QEC’s website and applications will be accepted from eligible customers starting on October 2, 2017.

“We recognize that our customers are interested in renewable energy options to offset their energy use and help reduce their carbon footprint. The Net Metering Program is an important step forward for our customers and QEC’s clean energy future,” said Bruno Pereira, President and Chief Executive Officer of QEC.