Installation Type: Diesel/Wind/Solar (rooftop and ground mount) Hybrid
System Size: 300kW solar + 10kW wind + 300kWh battery storage
Construction Start Date: May, 2016
The Fort Severn microgrid will, for the first time in Northern Ontario, integrate a renewable energy source into an existing electricity grid powered by diesel generators. There are many benefits stemming from the microgrid, including reducing Fort Severn’s reliance upon diesel fuel, decreasing the community’s expenditures on diesel fuel, bettering human health via fewer harmful diesel generator emissions, improving environmental conditions for the local polar bear population and developing employment opportunities through microgrid installation and maintenance.
The microgrid in Fort Severn First Nation will add a much needed new source of electricitygeneration to a local power grid currently operating at full capacity. By expanding theelectricity grid’scapacity, the microgrid will support the First Nation’s strategic infrastructure and development goals, including building new public buildings, providing additional community services and attracting new industries to Fort Severn. This includes plans to build a new school,arena and houses, as well asefforts to establish a local tourism industry.