Literally 24 Hours of Sun production in Canada’s Arctic


Installation data  
Size of installation  
10 kWp 
Purpose, system type  
Rooftop PV system, diesel offset 
1x Fronius Symo 10.0-3 208/240 
June 2016 
Special feature  
Literally 24 hours of sun from May to July

More information

Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut, located north of the
Arctic Circle on the mouth of the Coppermine River. The population of 1,400
is primarily Inuit. The goal of this 10 kW rooftop PV system was to reduce
and displace expensive diesel power generation. All material was loaded up
onto a DC3 plane and flown in from Yellowknife to Kugluktuk. Installer Green
Sun Rising developed special racking so the modules could be mounted to the
curved metal roof of the hamlet’s recreation centre. The project was successfully
installed in one week.

What makes this PV system a unique case study for Fronius’ 24 Hours of Sun
vision is that Kugluktuk receives constant daylight from May 27 to July 17
and is the warmest region in Nunavut thanks to a special micro-climate.
“Only in the far North and in the summer can a solar system generation power
for 24 hours, around the clock,” said Klaus Dohring, President of Green Sun
Rising. „Even during our typical nighttime hours, the system generated up to 30
W! Midnight generation is limited because of the decreased irradiance and
sun’s position - it shines from the North, on the back side of the modules.“