Whitehorse’s Haeckel Hill wind energy project sees new funding partnership
May 26, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun
May 26, 2022 – Whitehorse’s Haeckel Hill will be getting four wind turbines that aim to generate enough electricity for up to 650 homes over their life span, replacing the equivalent of more than 40 million litres of diesel fuel and off-setting up to 115,000 tonnes of GHG emissions.
“As Yukon continues to welcome more residents and businesses, we need to grow our energy mix while simultaneously reducing our GHG emissions,” said Dr. Brendan Hanley, MP for Yukon. “These new wind turbines—which will connect to Yukon’s energy grid—will enhance the grid’s ability to meet peak winter electricity demand while reducing our reliance on diesel.”
Work on the Haeckel Hill project is already underway, with construction expected to be completed in November 2023.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $13 million through the Arctic Energy Fund, $8 million through Clean Energy for Rural & Remote Communities (CERRC), and nearly $5 million through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).
“This project demonstrates what can be accomplished when communities, First Nations, federal and territorial governments come together to create a greener future,” said John Streicker, Minister responsible for Yukon Development Corp., which is contributing $485,000 to the project.
“By being involved in projects like this on our Traditional Territory through our development corporation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation is realizing and activating the potential for economic development that was laid out in Chapter 22 of our Final Agreement,” said Chief Doris Bill. “We’re proud to be a part of improving energy security for all Yukoners.”
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