State Facilities Compete to Save Energy and Money The Department of Corrections and the Department of Health and Social Services led the way to victory during the Great Alaska Energy Challenge. State employees took up the challenge to reduce energy consumption and save state resources. Despite the colder winter, the 36 facilities saved enough energy over six months to power 230 homes for a year, or the equivalent of 986 barrels of oil. Read the Governor's Press Release. Participants statewide have been fastidiously turning off lights, optimizing equipment schedules, and calculating savings through energy upgrades. Governor Bill Walker challenged state [...]
Note: This post was written by Energy Education Director Colleen Fisk and originally published on the AK EnergySmart website here. The ads for back to school have already started, so I wanted to put in my plug for choosing some green options in your school shopping and in the classroom for both parents and educators. I saw a challenge from a Colorado group where they were asking people to pledge to do 5 things to "go green" for the school year, which inspired me to think of ways that we can do that here in Alaska. Top 10 ways to [...]
I spent last week in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Powerhouse Energy Campus taking a training called REcharge Academy with 25 other educators from areas throughout North America. We toured NREL's wind technology center, visited Vesta's blade manufacturing activities, and created fun stop motion movies about wind misconceptions all while learning some great lessons to teach wind and solar energy. One of the more successful "offshore" wind platforms (not mine), photo by REcharge Labs Some of the wind activities included making a sail car, designing turbine blades to test in a wind tunnel, building a MacGyver wind mill and [...]
All the recent sunshine has people asking us about the possibilities of adding solar energy to their home. And why not? As an arctic region, we get more hours of sun than states in the Lower 48. Solar panels function more efficiently in cold, sunny climates, and most places in Alaska that experience a good amount of clear weather (including Southcentral and Interior Alaska where the vast majority of Alaskans live) have an excellent solar resource for seven to eight months of the year. Below are some resources to help you determine whether solar photovoltaic (PV) is a good [...]
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.