Kodiak’s new 4.5MW wind turbines christened 

The Kodiak Daily Mirror recently chronicled the christening of the new wind turbine project on Pillar Mountain on Kodiak Island. The utility estimates the new turbines  – the first in the state that can each produce more than a megawatt – could produce enough power to eliminate the need for 800,000 gallons of diesel each year.The utility already gets most of its power from renewable sources with about 80 percent coming from its hydroelectric facility at Terror Lake.

The Kodiak Electric Association had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the three wind turbines Friday afternoon on a cold and foggy Pillar mountaintop. Included in the ceremony was a chance for attendees to go inside one of the turbines and peek upwards in its hollow stem.

KEA’s three 1.5 megawatt-class wind turbines, manufactured by General Electric, are the first of their size in the state. All three are part of the association’s effort to make Kodiak’s power come from 95 percent renewable energy sources by the year 2020.

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