A Holistic Approach to Clean Energy

Energy decisions and energy projects don’t get made in a vacuum.  That’s why REAP is proud to be a partner with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP), a diverse group of organizations working together on the challenge of sustainable community development in Southeast Alaska.  With the SSP, REAP is able to focus on education, collaboration, advocacy and training on the ground.

REAP’s Energy Efficiency Director Shaina Kilcoyne has served as the Regional Energy Catalyst for the SSP since 2014. We are committed to helping build the human capacity necessary for sustainable community development by providing access to resources and fostering cross-sector collaboration and shared learning.

As a member, REAP works with experts in food, economic development, community health, energy, and fisheries and forestry.  We face complex challenges with an equally complex and diverse partnership.  In the process we build relationships and real trust between organizations who should be working together but hwo have not always seen eye to eye in the past.

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Announcing – New Home Energy Leadership Training Program!

We’re excited to announce this new program, focused on community capacity development and reducing energy costs in homes.

A free one-day training will be offered in the Fall of 2017 for 1-2 community members with the goal of building energy capacity and services for homeowners and renters.  

Communities identify 1-2 people who are interested in the program.  Participants will be sponsored by an organization, such as the Tribe, a Municipality or a local non-profit organization.  Participants will attend a one day training in Juneau given by a team including Certified Energy Manager, Jim Fowler, the Principle of Energy Audits of Alaska, representatives from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and local utility experts.  The training, which will likely occur in November, will include a site visit to a home.  Energy Leaders will receive all materials necessary to complete follow up home visits, including: Home Energy Savings guide, energy cost charts with community-specific rates, kilowatt meters, thermometer, faucet aerators, power strips, and weather stripping.  

Home Energy Leader’s may be eligible to earn money per home assessed.  Contact Shaina Kilcoyne for more information, s.kilcoyne@realaska.org.

Check out the Biomass Heated Greenhouse Handbook!

Of the 500 plus schools in Alaska, four on Prince of Wales Island are now displacing heating fuel and imported foods with local woody biomass and greenhouses. The Alaska Energy Authority and the U.S. Forest Service endeavored to share those success stories and many others statewide.  While local biomass displaces heat, the greenhouse brings in a sustainable revenue source for the school, as well as nutrition, education, and economic development for the community.  REAP is one of many talented collaborators of this handbook, a guiding document or community organizations wishing to implement a biomass and/or greenhouse project. View the handbook here. 

Alaska has a wealth of biomass resources and a long heating season, but biomass heat does not make sense everywhere. However, with over 500 schools in the state and fewer than 10 currently heated with biomass, using a local biomass fuel source has a lot of potential.

Check out our post with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership about the new Biomass Heated Greenhouse Handbook as well as the tour of three successful projects  on Prince of Wales Island in April 2017.