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Solar Energy Potential
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.
The main research question of this project is, what is the potential of solar energy to meet the power demands of NWT communitites?
Communities across the NWT
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.
Solar energy assessments are conducted as interest arises.
GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Solar, Solar panels, solar assessment, community power, renewable energy
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