Article written by Hayley Robb for Northern Energy Capital
Published May 17, 2023
The final concrete foundations have been poured for the new wind turbines on Haeckel Hill-Thay T’äw.
PHOTO: Kailey Wright for Northern Energy Capital
Eagle Hill Energy LP has reached yet another major project milestone with the completion of the fourth and final wind turbine foundation for the Haeckel Hill Wind Energy Project.
As the Development Manager for the project, Northern Energy Capital (NEC), would like to thank our project partners, including engineering firm Green Cat Renewables and Whitehorse-based construction company NGC Builders, for their hard work and dedication in reaching this milestone. We are proud to work with talented and committed partners in the renewable energy sector.
We are now one step closer to the completion of northern Canada’s first 100% Indigenous-owned wind energy project, and the first wind project signed as part of the Yukon Government’s IPP policy’s Standing Offer Program.
With all the concrete poured for the wind turbine foundations, the project is soon set to move forward with the installation of the four new wind turbines. The turbines recently arrived in Canada from Antwerp, Belgium, and are set to arrive in Whitehorse at the end of June. The installation of the wind turbines, along with the commissioning process will take place over the summer of 2023, and the Haeckel Hill Wind Energy Project is expected to start generating electricity for the Yukon grid by Fall 2023.
EHELP’s 4 MW wind energy project will replace the two aging turbines on Haeckel Hill-Thay T’äw, located in the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN). The Haeckel Hill Wind Energy Project marks a vital step towards a more sustainable future for the Yukon. The project will generate clean, renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and providing a new energy source for the local community. The new wind turbines will power up to 650 homes over the 20-year lifespan and will generate the equivalent of more than 40 million litres of diesel fuel, offsetting a portion of the Yukon’s increasing greenhouse gas emissions from energy production.
The project uses the industry’s most advanced cold-climate wind turbine technology, expanding the Yukon’s role in cold-climate renewable energy research and innovation. With the help of technological advancements in turbine efficiency and heating, the four new turbines will provide reliable, clean energy during the winter when Yukoners need it most.
NEC is proud to be part of this ground-breaking project, and we are committed to our vision of driving renewable energy development in remote and rural communities in northern Canada. We look forward to sharing more updates as we progress towards the successful completion of the Haeckel Hill Wind Energy Project with Eagle Hill Energy LP.
Are you interested in working with Northern Energy Capital on your next renewable energy project? We would love to hear from you! Contact us at email@example.com or 250-213-8185 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your energy goals.
Northern Energy Capital is a renewable energy development company, established in 2015, dedicated to empowering northern and remote communities in their transition from fossil fuel consumption to clean energy asset ownership. NEC is the development partner of choice for off-grid and remote communities that seek to achieve energy independence through locally owned and locally produced renewable energy.
NEC designs, develops, and provides turn-key solutions for renewable energy projects engineered for Canada’s remote and northern communities. NEC starts with the aspirations, needs and vision of their community partner and then fulfills the role of development partner in realizing project objectives. NEC has core strengths in community engagement, visioning, securing project capital, managing supply chains, and developing local capacity, that when put together, result in powerful long term environmental, social, and economic returns for the communities we serve.
Eagle Hill Energy LP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chu Níikwän Limited Partnership (CNLP), the development corporation of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. CNLP works to grow the equity and resources of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation by investing in strategic opportunities to generate wealth for the future benefit of all citizens.
The name Eagle Hill Energy is a reference to the traditional Kwanlin Dün place name for the hill known today as Haeckel Hill. As told by Elder Louis Smith, the mountain was traditionally known as Thay T’äw, or “Eagle Nest Mountain,” in Southern Tutchone, named for the giant eagle that made its nest on the summit.