The waste-to-energy plant and northern commercial greenhouse pilot project, announced as part of the Government of Québec's 2017-2018 Economic Plan, will be established in Kuujjuaq. A sum of $5 million, spread over three years, will serve to design and build a thermal waste-to-energy processing system then a commercial greenhouse heated with such system.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region, and Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs, made the announcement today in Kuujjuaq.
The pilot project, coordinated by the Société du Plan Nord (SPN), will be completed with the collaboration of community stakeholders, RECYC-QUÉBEC, and other ministries and governmental organizations working in waste management and greenhouse production. The SPN and its partners will first put in place a system to transform waste materials into thermal energy. The heat produced will serve to heat the hydroponic greenhouse that will be built, as well as several other existing buildings.
This initiative responds at once to the real needs of the community and the Plan Nord's priorities for action. These innovative facilities will ensure access to nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables for Kuujjuaq residents. They will also enable the community to increase its use of renewable energy. There is no doubt that it is an original and cost-effective solution to the open-air burning of waste materials.
Based on the results obtained, this promising pilot project could be implemented elsewhere in Nunavik and on the Plan Nord's territory.