Alaskan Electric Co-op Expands Wind Turbine Fleet

Northern Power, which often tackles renewable energy project integration in remote areas, has been awarded a contract to install and commission three additional wind turbines for the Anchorage-based Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC).

The contract brings to 10 the total number of NorthWind 100 turbines AVEC has purchased from Northern Power, representing what the company believes to be the largest investment in wind turbines made in Alaska in a single year. The upcoming installation of the initial turbines contributes to AVEC’s initiative to integrate renewable wind power into more of the isolated Alaskan communities to which it provides electric power. The 10 wind turbines ordered to date will generate electric power for four of the 52 remote communities served by AVEC, including Toksook Bay, Savoonga, Gambell and Kasigluk, located in western Alaska. The NorthWind turbines are being integrated into a long-term diesel power plant and tank farm upgrade program by AVEC. The first installation — at Toksook Bay — includes a three-turbine array integrated with fuel-efficient diesel generators to generate power in a new, automated power plant, all of which will be monitored via Northern Power’s SmartView software and the associated Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Working with the generators at Toksook Bay, the three new turbines will produce approximately 675,000 kWh annually, replacing over 30 percent of the energy normally generated by diesel and, at current fuel prices, providing an estimated annual fuel cost savings of approximately $100,000. The Northern Power Products division will also supply and install wind turbine SCADA systems for the villages of Toksook Bay and Kasigluk. These systems will use Northern Power’s SmartView software, which will allow AVEC to monitor and control the wind turbines in both villages, as well as monitor the overall power generation system assets. The combined value for the turbine sale, the SCADA systems and other value-added services is $1.8 million. “The NorthWind 100 turbines and SmartView software represent the ideal solution for rural communities where fuel is difficult and costly to deliver,” said Brett Pingree, project manager for Northern Power. “They provide non-polluting renewable electrical energy, are field-proven to withstand the harsh arctic environment, and allow AVEC to easily monitor and control their systems.”
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