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Colville Lake Solar Project
Colville Lake is a remote, small community of about 150 inhabitants with temperatures that can drop to -50°C in winter and reach 35°C in summer. Currently, the community experiences a high incidence of power outages. The community can only be reached by road during a six-week period in February through March, when northern ice-roads are in use. Otherwise, it is accessed by flights. As such, the system was completed within a strict timeframe and delivered to Edmonton, where it is awaiting the final trek across the ice-roads when they are reopened.
Northwest Territories Power Corp. sought to upgrade the Colville Lake Power Station in 2015 with solar and storage to supplement diesel generators. NTPC selected Saft to provide the battery storage, and Ontario's Green Sun Rising to supply the 81kW solar PV system. The system was installed in June 2015.
Saft’s innovative “Cold Temperature Package” design allows for a complete BESS system in an ISO 20-foot container that withstands extreme arctic environments down to -50°C. As part of the contract, Saft will develop and install one Intensium® Max 20M Medium Power (IM 20M) Li-ion battery container with 232kWh of energy and a 200kW Power Conditioning System from ABB.