Solar Energy Potential

Main Project Contact:
Matthew Dares

Project Start Date:
2007

Project End Date:
Ongoing

Project Name:
Solar Energy Potential 

ARI Team:
Patrick Gall

Overview:
In order to assess the feasibility of using solar energy in communities across the NWT, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) and the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) have been conducting solar energy studies in the NWT for nearly ten years.  Solar energy modeling programs have been established in several locations in order to provide communities with a clear picture of their local solar resources.     

Objectives:
The main research question of this project is, what is the potential of solar energy to meet the power demands of NWT communitites?

Location:
Communities across the NWT

Methods:
Solar energy assessments first involve modeling the amount of solar radiation communities in the NWT get throughout the year. This is done using tools from NASA. Then solar sensors are placed in communities that have favourable solar radiation estimates. Factors such as the tilt angle of the solar array are tested. Finally, a location free of trees or on the roof of buildings is chosen. Solar arrays can be used for residential, commercial, or community use.

Schedule:
Solar energy assessments are conducted as interest arises.

External Partners:
GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Keywords:
Solar, Solar panels, solar assessment, community power, renewable energy

Project Documents:

DELINE

Deline Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis Summary
Deline Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis

FORT PROVIDENCE

Fort Providence Solar and Wind Summary
Fort Providence Solar and Wind Monitoring Analysis

JEAN MARIE RIVER

Jean Marie River Solar and Wind Summary
Jean Marie River Solar and Wind Monitoring Update
Jean Marie River Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis
Jean Marie River Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis Summary

TROUT LAKE

Trout Lake Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis
Trout Lake Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis Summary

WHATI

Whati Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis Summary
Whati Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis