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.
Chris Rose, executive director of REAP, just spoke to the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources about the potential for infrastructure improvements. He was joined by other witnesses from around the State of Alaska to present to the Committee in Washington DC on how the infrastructure improvements could create jobs and reduce the cost of living in Alaska. During his 5-minute testimony and subsequent questioning, Chris emphasized the importance of creating a green bank to improve leverage of funding as well as the importance of energy efficiency first. He also shared how Alaska is a leader around the world on [...]
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 [...]