Frequently asked questions

What is the Timeline for the Clean Energy Project?

  • First, a data collection phase of 12 months is needed to quantify the wind resource at the site.
  • Second, it will take two years to engineer, design, build and then commission the Project.
  • Once operational, the Project will have an operational life of approximately 25 years.

Will this project impact local wildlife and environment?

  • There are no known impacts to wildlife or the environment with the installation of a met tower used for data collection.
  • The met tower will be used to collect environmental and wildlife data for a minimum of one year during.
  • During this year the potential impact to local wildlife species from wind turbines will be assessed.
  • A report will be submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board prior to any construction associated with the wind turbines.

How will Rankin Inlet benefit?

  • The Project will increase energy security while reducing the cost of energy.
  • The Project will also generate additional tax revenues for the community, which could be used for new services and infrastructure.
  • Reduced use of fossil fuel will lower emissions resulting in improved air and water quality.

Will this increase our electricity bills?

  • Energy from the Project will be less expensive than burning fossil fuels.

What are the benefits to the Power Corporation?

  • The power corporation benefits from the increase in cost certainty of energy, increased reliability of energy production, and an increase in the working life span of their assets; all of which reduce costs for the consumer.

How will the Project be different than the one that resulted in a broken turbine in 2012?

  • The wind turbines for the Project are successfully used all over the world.
  • These turbines are designed to withstand hurricane force wind speeds.
  • Our turbines are engineered to withstand the harsh conditions of Rankin Inlet.

What is the operational life of these wind turbines? And what happens at end of this time?

  • The operating life of our wind turbines are 25 years.
  • The turbines will be replaced at the end of life if the power is still needed.

Will these turbines operate in our harsh winters?

  • The turbines include cold weather options that serve to heat both the internal systems of the turbine and the blades and will operate down to -40°C.
  • All aspects of the turbines including their structural steel components, heating systems and controls are designed for this climate.
  • We have even included internal blade heating to prevent the buildup of ice accumulation on the blade.

What are the operations and maintenance requirements?

  • Operating and maintenance will be both scheduled and unscheduled.
  • Scheduled maintenance will occur on average twice per year over a 2-3 day period – when the power is least needed.
  • Unscheduled maintenance and operational monitoring will be a 24-7 task using local skilled workforce.

What jobs will be created? Will there be training for local employment?

  • A significant number of jobs will be created during the feasibility, design, and construction phases of the Project.
  • Pre-construction activities including engineering, data collection and feasibility studies will all provide opportunities for local training and job opportunities for local firms.
  • Civil works, concrete foundations, high voltage electrical work, and shipping and barging services will all be required locally.
  • Once in operation, additional training and development opportunities will be created through full time operation, maintenance and service positions.