Earlier this year, Klondike Development Organization completed early stage financial feasibility work for an IPP solar power generation project in Dawson City, and we are now ready to proceed through the next steps towards making the project happen. KDO is looking to initiate a small pilot project of 250 KW (0.25 MW) during the summer of 2020.
KDO seeks an experienced solar industry partner to assist us in satisfying Yukon Energy’s IPP pre-application process eligibility requirements and completing initial technical feasibility work that will then enable us to complete site selection, a full application to the utility and access financing. This may include photovoltaic array design, grid interconnection planning, and if successful, product sourcing and project installation.
With financial assistance from Yukon’s Community Development Fund, the City of Dawson and Klondike Visitors Association, KDO implemented a modest landscaping project this summer, aimed at increasing safety, accessibility and aesthetics of the Midnight Dome. The Dome’s stunning views encompassing the historic townsite and Tr’ochëk, the entrance to the Goldfields, two river valleys and Ogilvie mountains make this one of Dawson’s biggest visitor attractions year-round, but the site itself needed a bit of care. KDO undertakes focused projects that foster sustainable local economies and community by building on our existing strengths and assets.
Without changing the overall rugged nature of the site or interfering with existing site uses (such as paragliding and biking), the plan devised by local contractor CnD Landscapes involved low profile, sustainable upgrades to create focal points, encourage natural flora re-growth and reduce erosion while increasing pedestrian accessibility. Features include: – A stone circle set into the ground at the top of the dome – A new viewing platform at the west face, with upgraded trail and steps to access it – Widened parking area – A retaining wall along parking area with entry points to trails leading to top of dome
Traffic signs will be added next summer to encourage more organized use of the parking area, and we hope to work further on the trails above the parking area. KDO will monitor the site for damage and repairs needed over time, and seek to work with community partners to maintain this wonderful site in a way that welcomes locals and visitors alike. We anticipate benefits to tourism, to recreation and to environmental sustainability with these activities.
Lots to celebrate! KDO could not be more proud of our new apartments and we are deeply thankful for all the support we have received from our partners in building the rental housing our community needs.
There’s snow on the ground and a chill in the air, but with the help of our trusty local contractors and the City of Dawson we are charging ahead with construction of our next 8-plex.
Supporting a year-round economy is important to KDO as a community economic development focused organization, so we are pleased to once again be shopping and hiring local as much as possible, and to be constructing through the winter months.
Thanks to Gammie Trucking for their stellar work completing our excavation and backfill so quickly:
Here’s a fun shot of the Oro Enterprises construction crew who were out building forms for the concrete footings:
And thanks to Grenon Enterprises and City of Dawson for taking care of the water and sewer installation pretty much ‘just in the nick of time’ in terms of weather:
Work site the other morning:
Governments of Yukon and Canada joint press release: