Blacklock’s Reporter says the Feds spent $1.4 million setting up solar panels in the most sunless region of Canada.
Records show the Department of Northern Affairs thought the climate change program would help small Arctic towns that have to rely on diesel generators for heat and light in winter.
“We funded solar projects and wind projects,” Serge Beaudoin, assistant deputy minister, testified December 9 at the Senate national finance committee.
“There are small amounts that go out for seed funding, for planning and feasibility,” he added.
However, the department acknowledged to the committee in a followup report that between 2019-2022, it spent $1,436,726 setting up solar panels in remote places like Nunavut where daylight hours total as little as four hours or less in the winter.
“There are about 200 communities in Canada that are reliant almost entirely on diesel for their power and heat,” said Beaudoin.
“Most of those communities are northern or Indigenous communities, so the issue is very real.”
The Department of Natural Resources says diesel represents 100% of energy production in Nunavut and 50% in the Northwest Territories.