Old Crow Solar Project

2014, 2016
Environment, Science

Old Crow, the most northern community in Yukon, is powered by three diesel generators, consuming approximately half a million litres of diesel fuel per year. The effects of climate change and the prohibitive costs of producing electricity with diesel fuel puts the community in an untenable position. The Vuntut Gwitchin Government, in partnership with ATCO Electric Yukon, Yukon College’s Research Centre, and the Yukon Government’s Energy Branch, aims to develop a clean energy solution for the community of Old Crow by building a 330kW solar photovoltaic array that will displace the equivalent of over 90,000 litres of diesel fuel and 267 tonnes of CO2 per year.

(Note that this project was a prize recipient prior to 2017, when the current 3-tiered prize model was put in place. Their prize therefore does not correspond to a particular category.)

Nominator: Shirley Abercrombie
Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy, Corporate Policy and Communications, Government of Yukon (2016); Jim Connell, Deputy Minister of Environment, Government of Yukon (2014)
Leader: Dana Tizya-Tramm, Councilor, Vuntut Gwitchin Government (2016); Sonny Bajac, Manager, Northern Projects, Sea Breeze Microgrid Systems (2014) | Brandon Kyikavichik, Erika Tizya-Tramm, Jay Massie, Michael Ross, Ryan Hennessey, Stephen Mooney, Ziad Sahid (2016); Adrian Matangi, Clinton Sawicki, Cory Bigham, Eirik Ainer Sharp, Ellen Law, Erika Tizya, Greg Colburne, John Reid, Robert Neale Cooke, Stephen Mooney (2014)