Power system impact study: Beaver Creek solar project

Powerlines at sunsetWhite River First Nation, along with ATCO Electric Yukon, Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership, 3eyond Consulting and other project partners commissioned a study to investigate potential impacts of integrating a solar installation within the Beaver Creek power system.

The community of Beaver Creek is located in southwestern Yukon, close to the Alaska border, within the traditional territory of the White River First Nation. It is Canada’s westernmost community.

Northern Energy Innovation’s studies included a large disturbance study, an inrush current analysis, quasi-static time series analysis, electromagnetic transient study and a protection system study. Our team has completed all studies and the report is available on our website.

The solar installation is currently in development. It is planned to consist of up to 1.9 MW of PV panels, in addition to a 3.5 MWh battery storage system, saving up to 325,000 litres of diesel per year. Upon completion it will be the largest diesel offset project within the Yukon.

Project team

Dr. Michael RossIndustrial Research Chair, Northern Energy Innovation
Jason Zrum, Project Lead, Senior Research Professional

Spencer Sumanik, Research Analyst

Simon Geoffroy-Gagnon, Research Analyst

Geoff Cartwright, Research Analyst

Sinan Bulat, Research Assistant

Partners and funders

NSERC (Funder)
3eyond Consulting (Funder)

White River First Nation (Funder)

Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership
ATCO Electric Yukon