BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team is working on a front end engineering and design (FEED) study for a hybrid renewable energy platform for the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. Lutsel K’e is a remote indigenous community, located on the eastern arm of Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories. It is not connected to the North American electricity grid, is off the piped natural gas network, and not accessible by road. The FEED study will result in the selection of technologies based on resource availability, site selection and initial design and costing for the demonstration project.
The project is funded by Natural Resources Canada, through their Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program. The lead proponent for the project is Denesoline Corporation, which is the business development arm of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. Other partners include: Arctic Canada Construction Ltd., Ryfan Electric and Yukon College.
The completed FEED study will be used to determine required permitting, conduct an environmental impact assessment as well as consult with the community, utility and other energy stakeholders that could be impacted by integrating renewable energy onto the Lutsel K’e diesel microgrid.
The demo project will have potential for replication in the other 200 diesel powered Indigenous communities, therefore, reducing fossil fuel use resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and creating socioeconomic benefits.