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Solar energy converts sunlight to electricity using photovoltaric panels.
Solar photovoltaic generating sites consist of an array of solar panels that are connected to inverters. A large solar generating station may need batteries to store the energy produced, so it can be used at a later time when the sun is not shining.
Solvest completed an inventory of potential solar sites for the 2016 Resource Plan.
The firm considered such things as proximity to existing transmission lines and communities, land ownership, and the topography of the land. The study also looked at various solar technologies that are on the market today. It looked at options for 1 MW, 5 MW, and – in Whitehorse only – 10 MW sites.
An initial review identified four possible sites at Haines Junction, Whitehorse Copper, Takhini, and Canyon. After further research, Solvest concluded that the sites at Whitehorse Copper and Haines Junction were the best options.
|Annual Energy||Firm Energy||Installed Capacity||Dependable Capacity||Levelized Cost of Energy||Levelized Cost of Capacity||Project Life||In-service Lead Time|
Haines Junction 1
Haines Junction 2
|Aquatic environment||Most favourable|
|Terrestrial environment||Most favourable|
|Air quality||Most favourable|
|First Nation lands||Most favourable|
|Traditional lifestyle||Most favourable|
|Heritage resources||Most favourable|
|Tourism/recreation/other land uses||Most favourable|
|Cultural/community well-being||Somewhat favourable|
|Local economic benefits||Least favourable|
|Climate change risk||Most favourable|
The solar resource is quite consistent among the communities connected to the Yukon grid. The solar resource isn’t as good as most other places in Canada, but it is comparable to other countries such as Germany and Japan that have implemented grid scale solar.
The Whitehorse Copper site is located on the old tailings pile of the Whitehorse Copper Mine. It’s on 120 acres of flat, clear land with established road access near a substation and is within Whitehorse so is close to the main load. The Haines Junction site is one kilometre from the town’s landfill on 65 acres of flat, semi-open land close to the highway and a substation.
The price for solar systems has dropped significantly
Not reliable energy without battery storage