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Wind Monitoring Research Begins on Mount Sumanik

Northern Energy Capital

Whitehorse, Yukon

Published August 10, 2023

Sound Detection and Ranging (SoDAR) device and solar power supply installed on Mount Sumanik, June 2023. SoDAR technology is compact and portable with minimal land impact—perfect for remote wind monitoring studies. PHOTO: Northern Energy Capital

Northern Energy Capital is proud to announce our latest initiative as Development Manager for Eagle Hill Energy LP — the Mount Sumanik Wind Resource Assessment Project.

Launched in June 2023, this research employs innovative Sonic Detection and Ranging (SoDAR) technology to remotely collect wind and weather data on Mount Sumanik for a period of 18 months or longer. The data collected will be used to help determine the feasibility of advancing a wind energy project at this location.

This study presents an exciting opportunity to expand local wind energy generation in Kwanlin Dün First Nation traditional territory, and could play a significant and long-term role in reducing the Yukon's reliance on fossil fuels.

It builds on the progress of the nearby Haeckel Hill-Thay T’äw Wind Energy Project, and previous wind monitoring studies done by Yukon Energy on Mount Sumanik.

“Studies like this one are important to the understanding and advancement of our future energy landscape," says Greg Thompson, Director of Economic Development, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, "we appreciate the efforts of EHELP to carry out the project respectfully and responsibly on Kwanlin Dün traditional territory.”

The Mount Sumanik Wind Resource Assessment Project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Northern REACHE Program, Polar Knowledge Canada, and the Government of Yukon.

A helicopter delivers the SoDAR system to the remote wind monitoring site on top of Mount Sumanik, along with a trailer to house the controls and a solar power supply, June 2023. PHOTO: Northern Energy Capital

The Mount Sumanik Wind Resource Assessment Project team on Mount Sumanik, June 2023. From left to right: EHELP Director Les Wilson, NEC Project Coordinator Kailey Wright, EHELP Directors Malek Tawashy and Jacob Heigers, CNLP CEO Rick O'Brien, and CNLP Office Manager Jesse Bouchard. PHOTO: Northern Energy Capital

About Eagle Hill Energy LP (EHELP)

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 KDFN Elder Louie Smith, the mountain was traditionally known as Thay T’äw, or “Golden Eagle Nest,” in Southern Tutchone, named for the giant golden eagle that made its nest on the summit.

About Northern Energy Capital (NEC)

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.

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 or 250-213-8185 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your energy goals.


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