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Transitioning to new renewable energy

The shareholders of Tarquti Energy (Tarquti), represented by their respective executive committees, met March 24 in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, to discuss the start‐up strategy, on‐going and future activities of the company. Its mission is to carry out renewable energy projects in Nunavik and contribute to the carbon emissions’ reduction and actions on climate change. 

Makivik Corporation and the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau‐Québec (Ilagiisaq‐FCNQ) are pooling their expertise and resources for the benefit of the Nunavik energy transition. Their approach for the community projects is to develop, implement and operate them through solid and meaningful business partnerships with the landholding corporations and local cooperatives. 

The first Tarquti projects implemented this year include analysis and research. Weather masts will be installed in five Nunavik communities to collect wind data relevant to the development of renewable energy. At the same time, Tarquti is collaborating with research centres, including Nergica and Hydro Québec, to assess the feasibility of clean energy solutions, like wind and solar power energy, in the region. 

Tarquti’s goal is to ensure that projects are environmentally friendly and adapted to the needs of each community, while promoting job creation at the local and regional levels. This initiative also intends to build a knowledge base and develop Inuit expertise in the field of renewable energy for the future for this 100 per cent Nunavik‐owned enterprise.

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