Northern case studies
Our case studies showcase on-the-ground projects related to energy innovations that have been implemented throughout the territory. The benefits and lessons learned sections feature practical, relevant, real-life experiences and learning from implementing energy innovation projects. Our goal is to build awareness and understanding of energy innovations that are applicable in the North and to Yukon residents and businesses.
- Northwestel’s remote microwave stations get a boost from solar energy generation
Northwestel maintains and operates 156 microwave stations in Yukon and NWT. Of these, 87 are off-grid, relying on independent power sources. After a successful pilot project, Northwestel added solar/diesel hybrid power systems to 8 remote microwave sites.
- Energy efficiency in the new F.H. Collins Secondary School
By prioritizing energy efficiency in the building’s design, the new school reduces its energy demands and may become an example of successful demand side management in Yukon.
- Yukon Energy Corporation’s secondary sales initiative
YEC's secondary sales program gives eligible Yukon businesses the option of using surplus renewable power to heat their facilities instead of more expensive fossil fuels.
- Harnessing solar energy for electricity in Whitehorse
One residence’s experience installing a 5 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array system.
- Solar systems in Old Crow
Since 2009, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government has been ramping up its photovoltaic capacity, now having a capacity of 15.1 kW to provide power to the community.
- Super-insulated housing in Yukon
10 case studies of super-insulated new homes built in Yukon; featuring a technical description of the home, wall and mechanical system details, energy performance and interviews with owners and builders.
- Intelligent parking lot controllers
In 2003, the Yukon government piloted the installation of Intelligent Parking Lot Controllers in a number of its parking lots. The IPLC units reduce electricity consumption by vehicles plugged in during cold winter days.
- Burwash Landing district heating system
In 1998, Kluane First Nation installed a district heating system in Burwash Landing. The system provides heat produced from a wood chip hot water boiler to the First Nation's public buildings.