Remote Yukon gold mine camp now powered by solar and batteries – pv magazine USA

The 27 kW solar generator and 121 kWh battery bank were delivered by helicopter to the mine.

Solvest announced that it has activated a 27 kW and 121 kWh solar battery storage system at Camp Snowline Gold’s Forks, a remote gold mining camp in Yukon, Alaska.

The off-grid system is comprised of 64 two-sided floor-mounted modules, a lithium-ion battery bank, and a power rack organizing the off-grid equipment. The entire kit was designed to be modular and mobile so it could be transported by helicopter to the remote mine.

The project required custom shelving so it could be packed into a helicopter for delivery.
Image: Solvest

The grid will power the 45-person exploration camp and recharge the battery bank, saving approximately 12,527 liters of fuel per year, representing a 90% reduction in carbon emissions. The project means that the camp will no longer depend solely on a diesel generator, which creates noise pollution and disturbs residents and wildlife.

“Remote mining exploration camps face many challenges, including high fuel and transportation costs. This challenge presents an opportunity for highly cost-effective solar battery system deployments that also enable significant and impactful emissions reductions. Solvest is proud to have had the opportunity to work with great partners in NNDDC and Snowline Gold to deliver this first of its kind project and we hope it will become a model for others to follow,” said Ben Power, CEO and co-founder of Solvest. .

The system is designed, built and maintained by Solvest, while the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Development Corporation (NNDDC) owns the operational assets. The project provides direct economic benefits to Yukon First Nations.

“We see this investment as the first in a long series and we are working to build a fleet that can be deployed throughout the traditional territory,” said NNDDC CEO Jani Djokic.

Solvest started operations in the Yukon region in 2015 and has become an expert in PV and energy storage in the remote North. Off-grid diesel generators are a common power source in this region, requiring expensive gas deliveries to remote locations and contributing to noise pollution. Solvest’s mission is to reduce remote communities’ dependence on diesel and enable them to become more self-sufficient.

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