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Coral Harbour Solar and Energy Storage Project (149867)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Dana May
Company: Kivalliq Alternative Energy
Schedule:
Start Date: 2025-01-01
End Date: 2055-01-01
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The community of Coral Harbour is the proposed location for one of the first utility-scale renewable energy and battery storage systems in the territory of Nunavut. The combined solar energy generation and storage project will be integrated with the community’s microgrid, which operates remotely as part of the regional electrical utility network run by Qulliq Energy Corporation. The Project is proposed to include a 0.96 MW solar PV installation, in tandem with a complementary 1 MWh battery. Together, this system would have the capacity to provide up to 31% of the community’s existing energy demand, displacing an estimated 360,000 L of diesel fuel consumption annually, or more than 10 million L over the project’s lifetime. This amounts to total carbon emission savings of approximately 28,000 tonnes of CO2. The development of the Coral Harbour Community Energy Plan with community stakeholders (funded through the Indigenous Off Diesel Initiative) has allowed the project team to narrow its carbon reduction focus towards development of a solar PV solution which will contribute to achieving the community’s renewable energy goals: a clean energy system, capable of displacing fossil fuel consumption on a utility-scale, developed for and operated within Nunavut’s upcoming Independent Power Producer policy. To date, preliminary feasibility work, including narrowing the project scope to an appropriate size and type of energy production, engaging with key stakeholders, selecting a project site, developing the preliminary project design and a project budget, and selecting a contractor for upcoming topographical survey and geotechnical assessment work, has been completed. Further development work is scheduled to take place in 2022-2024. This work will include execution of the survey and a geotechnical assessment at the site (planned for the summer of 2022), detailed design and engineering, land tenure, environmental and regulatory permitting, contractor and supplier procurement, and interconnection studies with QEC. Finally, construction of the project is scheduled to take place in 2024. Construction activities will include capital equipment purchases, contract execution for the delivery and installation of the solar array, battery, microgrid controller, and supporting electrical infrastructure, as well as project and development management services. Permanent structures to be built on site will include: solar PV arrays, multiple inverters, transformers, electrical meters, point of interconnection equipment, battery and battery housing, microgrid control system, underground and overhead electrical collection systems, and the associated concrete pads for all equipment. Additionally, a new electrical distribution line connecting the project site to the QEC powerhouse will also be constructed. This project has received funding for early stage development work through to 2024, and is seeking additional funding for a portion of the construction activities as well. (Note: the Construction Phase dates noted on this application are inclusive of planned geotechnical assessment work to take place in summer of 2022, as well as actual construction which is planned to take place in 2024. On site activities are not anticipated to take place in 2023)
Summary of Modifications:
This project is being amended to adjust the location about 300m to the southwest of the originally submitted location. No other major changes to the project size, scope, development activities, construction, or operation have been made. Due to the adjustment to location, the project will be required to resubmit applications for approval with Transport Canada and Nav Canada, in addition to this amendment with the NPC. A submission will also be made to NIRB with the new project location coordinates.
Personnel:
Persons: 20
Days: 115
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
9279 polygon Solar Area B
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Permanent Structures
Temporary Structures
Licensing Agencies
INAC: Surface Leases/Licences
INAC: 0
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
TC: Equivalency Certificate
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Passenger vehicles 4-5 Pick up truck Site vehicles will be required for the movement of personnel on site, and for transport to and from site. Trucks may also be used for moving smaller equipment or supplies around, and for various site needs.
Drill Rig 1 TBD A drill will be required on two occasions: (1)for geotechnical work in summer/fall 2022 to obtain core samples for informing project engineering; and (2) during construction, for the installation of the solar array foundations. The specific type of foundation to be installed will not be finalized until after the geotechnical assessment, but could include adfreeze pipe pile foundations, rock socket anchors, or other design as appropriate.
Gravel Hauling Truck 1-2 19 x 24 ft (approx.) Large hauling trucks (single box, tandem axel dump truck) will be required for the delivery of fill material (eg. gravel) required for construction of the short segment of new road (approximately 110m).
Excavator 2-3 Standard size Excavators will be required to move earth during construction of the solar array. This includes earthworks while building new road, levelling of ground for battery pad, pad for electrical equipment housing, and inverter pads. Excavation for installation of the array foundations will also be needed
Mobile Concrete Batching Plant 1 Small/mobile size A small mobile concrete mixer will be used to mix and pour concrete for the solar array foundations on site, and possibly for concrete equipment pads. The exact size is not known at this time, likely around 30 ft in length and attachable to a vehicle as a trailer.
Pile Driver 1 Small If a pile foundation design is selected for the project, a pile driver may be required to carry out installation of the solar array foundations. This may either be a small, walk along pile driver suitable for installing small solar pilings, or a pile driver attachment to an excavator.
Diesel Generator 2 30kW (approx.) A generator will be used on site to power the site office. Additionally, a second generator may be required for other power needs, such as charging small tools, or for lighting.
Flatbed Telescopic Truck Crane 1 37 x 12 ft (approx.) Equipment will be delivered to Coral Harbour via barge in seacans. Once the seacans arrive, they must be loaded onto a truck, brought to site, and then offloaded from the truck. The crane will be used for offloading at site.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 2 50 Gallons For use in the site generators, and heavier equipment such as the excavators, drill rig/pile driver, and gravel trucks. Minimal fuel will be stored on site (up to 2 x 50 gal containers), most equipment will be filled with a mobile fuel truck. As construction is still 1.5 - 2 years away, exact quantities are not known at this time and estimates are very approximate
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Grout or Ready-Mix Concrete 2 10 Cubic Meters It is expected that grout or ready-mix concrete batching will be completed on site, therefore dry grout or ready-mix concrete will be delivered to and stored on site. This material will be used for the solar array foundations, and concrete pads. Exact quantities required are unknown at this stage, however, are estimated at around 20 m3.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
1 Water will be retrieved via truck for concrete mixing. Jugs of potable water will be kept on site for personnel consumption. Hamlet of Coral Harbour
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Environmental impacts from solar PV projects are typically very low and limited to land use displacement and construction. Nevertheless, the project team has endeavoured to identify and prevent any unacceptable environmental impacts or impacts on traditional land use. Potential risks identified that could be caused by the project are listed below, along with planned mitigation measures: 1.Risk: Disturbance of land resulting in habitat destruction Mitigation Measure: Prior to construction, a review of the site for sensitive plant and animal species will be undertaken. First, this review will be undertaken via desktop by consulting available databases to identify species of concern within the vicinity of the project (eg. Species at Risk Registry, NPC Interactive Maps). At the time of writing, no important biological or ecological protection areas for wildlife were noted to overlap with the project site (i.e. polar bear denning areas, bird nesting, marine mammal calving, or caribou calving or migration corridors). The desktop review will be followed up with a site visit to identify if any species of concern are present in the site area. If threatened species are identified within the site area, a plan will be prepared to preserve them. This could look like a slight adjustment to the site location or layout, a plant relocation plan, or a protection plan to ensure disturbance does not occur during construction, as appropriate. Care will be taken during construction to disturb only the land required for the footprint of the solar array and associated components. Once construction is complete, the site will be cleaned up and areas of disturbed vegetation will be revegetated during operations. The need for renewable energy is anticipated to continue to exist in Coral Harbour well into the future, and therefore the proponent expects that this project will be renewed, updated, or replaced at end of life, not removed. However, in the event that the project does not continue to operate at this location and removal is required, a decommissioning plan will be prepared for demobilization of the solar arrays and associated structures at the end of project life, and rehabilitation of the site area to return it to its previously undisturbed state. 2.Risk: Impact to caribou migratory corridors and habitat range Mitigation Measure: A desktop review of the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in the Keewatin Land Use Plan was conducted, as well as a review of the most current (2016) Caribou Ranges Valued Ecosystem Component Map available on the NPC’s website. The project site is not located within any caribou protection areas, including ranges, calving grounds, or migration corridors. The project is located some distance away from the community (approx. 12km to the NW), and it would be built within a fenced area alongside an existing road. The fenced area would present a minor, new obstacle to caribou if they were to move through the area. However, once operational, solar projects do not have any moving parts, are contained within the fenced area, operate with very little to no noise, and do not often require the presence of human personnel to operate. As a result, the project is not expected to cause any significant disturbance to caribou that may stray close to the project area during operations. The greatest potential for impact to caribou will be during construction in the summer months, in the event caribou were to stray from their typical movement corridors and come close to the project site. During construction, the site will be active with large, noisy equipment such as excavators, trucks, and drill rigs. Because of the project’s proximity to the community and its existence outside of known ranges, potential impacts to caribou posed by these activities are considered low. However, the project safety plan will include plans to temporarily cease construction activities if caribou are observed within sight or sound range of the project area. 3.Risk: Leak or spillage of fuel, leading to ground contamination Mitigation Measure: Minimal fuel will be kept on site during the construction phase, estimated to occur over one summer season in 2024. The construction site safety plan will include detailed spill mitigation procedures, including protocol for the safe storage of fuel on site, and prevention and containment measures in the event of a spill or leak. All personnel will be briefed daily on site safety and fuel handling. 4.Risk: Interference with local, traditional use of the land Mitigation Measure: The project team has initiated consultation with both the local Hunters and Trappers Organization, and the Kivalliq Inuit Association to share the proposed project location and understand if there are any potential impacts to traditional land use. At this early stage, no impacts to traditional land use have been identified at the site location. The project team will continue to work with the HTO and KIA as project planning progresses, to ensure there are no anticipated impacts to traditional use of the land. 5.Risk: Presence of archaeological sites or artefacts within the project area Mitigation Measure: Prior to construction, the project team will undertake any required heritage assessments of the site area in cooperation with the GN Department of Culture and Heritage, to screen for possible archaeological sites or artefacts. The project team has completed a desktop review of known heritage site locations near the project area, and did not find any overlapping areas of note. During construction, the project will put in place procedures to cease activities in the event that an archaeological site is discovered, and will notify the appropriate entities for direction before any activities are resumed. 6.Risk: Generation of construction waste and human waste at the site during construction. Mitigation Measures: The project team will take all appropriate measures to ensure that waste generated during construction is contained and disposed of properly. The project will not generate any hazardous waste, but may generate minimal construction waste including steel, wiring, glass, wood, etc. All waste will be properly stored during construction and will be disposed of at the local landfill following the completion of construction. The site will also have port-a-potties or an outhouse on site for personnel use during construction. Outhouses will be locked when the site is not occupied, and emptied at frequent intervals by an assigned operator from the Hamlet, to be disposed of appropriately. 7.Risk: Impact to watershed, based on location of project at edge of Community Watershed Protected Zone Mitigation Measures: The project team has identified that the site chosen for the project is located on the far southern edge of the protected watershed zone for the community of Coral Harbour. This location presents a possible conflict with the protected area. However, with the preferred site located at the very edge of the protected zone, and given the nature of the project (renewable energy), the potential for impacts to the watershed are expected to be very low. Solar projects generally have very low environmental impacts, especially during operations. The greatest potential for adverse impacts occurs during construction. The project will work closely with environmental experts to prepare a robust environmental protection and safety plan to ensure there are no adverse impacts that could affect water quality. This includes a strict safety plan surrounding the handling of fuel on site (see point 3), ensuring fuel storage on site is minimized to the greatest degree possible, containment of sanitary waste/greywater to port-a-potties with removal of waste at regular intervals, and an assessment of possible sediment impacts to surface waters that could be caused by work at the site.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Non-Combustible wastes 5-10 m3 As the waste is inert and does not contain any harmful substances, no other treatment is required Non-recyclable construction waste will be taken to the local landfill.
Sewage (human waste) 5000 gal Collected waste would be transported to the Hamlet's wastewater facility for appropriate treatment. Port-a-potties or a built outhouse will be required on site. Outhouse holding tanks will be emptied at regular intervals as required with a honey truck, under supervision and direction of the Hamlet.
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KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
YES
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
NO
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
NO

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
YES

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES