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  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • ACEP Biomass Coordinator Visits Kongiganak

ACEP Biomass Coordinator, Amanda Byrd is in the community of Kongiganak this week.

Kongiganak is a remote Kuskokwim Bay community on the Kongiganak River and home to around 430 residents. In 2008, the community, with support from the Renewable Energy Fund, installed five 95 kW wind turbines. More recently, a smart metering system and 20 electric thermal storage (ETS) stoves were added.

Wind energy provides up to 30-40% of the energy distributed on the small electric grid. This results in significant savings for the small utility.

The 20 ETS stoves, powered in part by wind energy, were placed into homes of elders and other community members where heating is the primary expense during winter. Heat is sold at half the regular heat rate calculated through the smart metering system.

Byrd will be speaking with community members and energy champions about how this renewable energy installation has affected their lives in the remote community.

School in Kongiganak with wind turbines behind. Photo from http://ruralalaskan.blogspot.com