Battery Energy Storage System, Northwest Territories

Renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the reliance of northern communities on fossil fuels.

Remote communities in the Northwest Territories rely on diesel-generated electricity. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they have begun to supplement diesel-powered generating stations with renewable energy sources like solar and wind power coupled with battery energy storage systems (BESS). After analyzing the performance of the existing system in Colville Lake, CIMA+ made recommendations to improve the overall performance and reliability of the facility, as well as recommendations based on recent technology improvements, for merging solar and wind energy systems with battery storage systems at existing remote diesel power plants. This provides a much more affordable, reliable and cost-effective solution for the entire lifecycle of the system. By using renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, coupled with energy storage, Northwest Territories Power Corporation reduces its reliance on fossil fuels, which also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. CIMA+ also prepared detailed specifications for the design of future smart grid projects, to ensure that the addition of renewable energy sources to diesel-powered generating stations becomes essential.