Waitsfield, Vermont [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Northern Power, a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., signed an agreement with two Alaskan-based contracting firms, STG, Inc. and Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell, LLC (HDL). They form the Alaska Wind Resource Group (AWRG), a cooperative effort dedicated to the turnkey installation, commissioning and service of Northern Power’s NorthWind 100 wind turbine systems in Alaska.The 100-kilowatt (kW) NorthWind 100 wind turbine will be the centerpiece of AWRG’s sales and business development efforts. With its direct-drive design and enclosed tower and nacelle, the NorthWind 100 is a proven solution for cold weather environments. To date, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) has purchased 13 NorthWind 100 turbines to generate lower cost, environmentally friendly power for a number of the 52 rural villages in its service area. The AWRG group has developed a certification course for training Alaska-based technicians to service wind turbines in the field. The first three turbines purchased by AVEC have been installed at Toksook Bay, with three more scheduled for installation in the village of Kasigluk this month. Northern Power supplied the turbines, as well as remote monitoring software, system controls, and engineering and wind-diesel integration services. STG, Alaska’s preeminent construction management and planning firm, erected the turbines, while HDL performed civil and geotechnical engineering and permitting duties on the Kasigluk installation. “The unique combination of experience of the parties involved in the AWRG agreement gives us great confidence that we offer the best solution for remote utility customers in Alaska seeking to integrate wind power into their energy portfolios,” said Jim St. George, president of STG.