Dillingham Courthouse to get wind turbine 

The USDA has awarded a $20,000 Rural Energy for American Program grant to Choggiung, Ltd. to install a 15kW wind turbine at the Dillingham courthouse. Choggiung, a Native village corporation headquartered in Dillingham, owns the courthouse, and leases it back to the state. The 40-foot tall turbine will be installed next spring and is expected to generate over 42,000 kilowatt-hours annually displacing almost 66 percent of the building’s annual electricity load and saving about $20,000 per year. A typical home, in comparison, uses about 11,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

The total cost of the project, including the grant, will be about $120,000, Choggiung CEO Doug Calaway said. Anchorage-based Renewable Energy Systems will be installing the turbine, he said. For more information, contact Calaway at dcalaway@choggiung.com For more information about the Rural Energy for America Program, contact Chad Stovall, Business and Energy Specialist at the USDA office in Palmer, at 761-7718 or chad.stovall@ak.usda.gov.

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