Solar panel and wind turbine

Current Alternative Energy Projects

NTPC is working to make low carbon electricity available across the NWT. We also need to ensure that electricity systems are reliable, which requires that a cap be placed on the amount of renewables that can be integrated in our diesel communities.  Community Capacity for Integrating RenewablesSeveral communities are benefiting from this green makeover and liquid natural gas (LNG) and solar power are part of the picture. Click on the links below for more information on these projects:

Inuvik’s gas plant is running on liquified natural gas (LNG), which emits fewer greenhouse gases than diesel .

Fort Simpson is drawing part of its power from a large solar array that can produce 100 kilowatts.

In Colville Lake, a battery charged by solar energy is providing electricity to the community, helping to reduce diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. There are two phases to the solar array, one with a capacity of 54 kilowatts and the second with a capacity of 82 kilowatts.

Solar arrays were installed in Fort Liard (40 kilowatts) and Wrigley (10 kilowatts) in 2016, and in Aklavik (55 kilowatts) in 2017. There are also Indigenous-owned solar arrays in communities such as Lutsel K'e, Tulita and Aklavik.

All communities have benefited from the installation of LED streetlights. Replacing high pressure sodium lamps with LED bulbs has reduced electricity costs in NWT communities.

Other projects include:

Residual heat recovery

Electric heat