Whitehorse, Yukon, April 26, 2022—The shift to clean, sustainable energy production is important to building healthy communities. Northern communities are especially susceptible to the impacts of climate change and investing in renewable energy infrastructure projects is one of the key ways we can join economic development and climate action.
Today, Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable John Streicker, Minister responsible for Yukon Development Corporation; and Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill, announced joint funding for the Haeckel Hill Wind Project. This project will increase the amount of renewable energy available to Yukoners.
Through this project, four modern wind turbines will be installed on Haeckel Hill in Whitehorse. Energy generated through these turbines will feed in the Yukon’s energy grid. Work is already underway, and construction is expected to be completed in November 2023.
It is anticipated that these turbines will generate enough electricity to power up to 650 homes over their 20-plus year lifespan. That means they can replace the equivalent of more than 40 million litres of diesel fuel, which offsets up to 115,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. It is also expected that these turbines will be able to feed energy into the grid throughout the winter, when demand for energy is at its highest peak in the territory.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $13 million in this project through the Arctic Energy Fund, $8 million through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC), and nearly $5 million through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). The Yukon Development Corporation is contributing $485,000 to this project and the Eagle Hill Energy Limited Partnership (fully owned by Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s development corporation Chu Níikwän LP) is investing more than $2 million.