Canadian Community Microgrids Power Indigenous Areas
- Nov 24, 2021 5:23 pm GMT
In the rugged North of Canada, rural communities often have to rely on diesel generators, which is not only a polluter – generating GHGs – but also expensive and noisy. Some First Nations are moving into community-generated power, by putting together microgrids, assisted by utilities and developers. This makes sense from many angles: the communities have their own power available, and they can sell any excess back to the grid. The power is clean and free of fossil fuels.
This electricity supply is not dependent on external factors. The impacts and costs of diesel can be significant. Diesel generators are noisy, costly and carbon-emitting and can be as much as $2 per kWh to run, especially if the diesel has to be flown into the area. The average cost is 40 to 45 cents/kWh, which is still pretty high.
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