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Atlin hydropower project to be expanded, tied into Yukon grid
For more than a decade, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Northern B.C. have been generating their own hydro power, which allowed the community of Atlin to phase out diesel generated power.
Now, thanks to funding from provincial, territorial and federal governments, the First Nation, through its Tlingit Homeland Energy Limited Partnership, plans a multi-million expansion that will allow communities in the Yukon to wean themselves off diesel power as well.
Since 2009, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) in Atlin, B.C. have been generating hydro power with a 2.1 megawatt (MW) power station that harnesses the power of the water that flows between Surprise Lake and Atlin Lake.
The Tlingit Homeland Energy Limited Partnership now plans an expansion that will increase the power station’s generating capacity to 8.5 MW – enough electricity to power 3,400 to 7,650 homes – and includes a 92-kilometre, 69-kilovolt transmission line to power other Tlingit communities in the Yukon, where diesel generators are still used to generate electricity.
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