More than a month after hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico, 79% of the island is still without electricity. Experts are calling for microgrids to help prevent this humane crisis in the future, and Tesla is already building a solar panel and battery combination to get reliable power to a children’s hospital. What are microgrids? And what does Alaska have to teach the world about them? Microgrids are small-scale power grids that can connect to a larger interconnected grid or operate independently. With no connecting overhead cables vulnerable to heavy winds or flying debris, and the ability to be “islanded” from [...]
Led by Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy, the 9th Annual Anchorage Solar Tour included commercial and residential sites in the Anchorage bowl. KTUU highlights homeowners working towards zero electric costs: Anchorage Solar Tour Shows a Future with Zero Energy Bills Dozens of people attended the tour, interested in how the technology is working in our northern climate. Despite our high latitude, solar is starting to play a more significant role for businesses and families in Alaska.
March is REAP Membership Season! Interested in sitting at the right table? Add your name to REAP’s 80+ entity membership list! REAP is a non-profit coalition composed of members from four constituent groups (utility, business, non-profit and At-Large). REAP member entities elected a 21-person Board. Contact Piper to learn more about the benefits of membership.
If you haven’t already, please check out my post last month to find out how my husband and I are saving over $500/year in electricity costs! Photo Credit: Tim Leach Heating, however, has posed a larger problem for us. Heating in Alaska accounts for 65 – 77% of your home’s energy usage – the single largest energy expense. At our house, it’s even higher. While the previous owners took advantage of the Home Energy Rebate Program (which created more than 1300 jobs in Alaska!), they added some insulation but left us much more to do. Fortunately Alaska Housing [...]
Great Alaska Energy Challenge releases mid-challenge results At the midpoint of the six-month Great Alaska Energy Challenge, participating state-owned facilities saved enough electricity to power 30 Anchorage homes for a year. The Great Alaska Energy Challenge, launched by Governor Bill Walker, challenges state employees to reduce energy consumption and save state resources. The voluntary competition runs from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. At the three-month mark, three facilities led the way: Dillingham Public Health Center, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Reka Drive Fourplex, and AHFC’s Bethel headquarters. Of the 36 participating facilities, more than half are Department of Health [...]