New Wind Farm/Power Plant Dedication Ceremony at Chevak
September 1, 2011
From Delta Discovery: Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), held an Energy Project Dedication Ceremony on August 2nd in Chevak, Alaska. This event marked the official opening of the new amalgamated power project that includes an automated power plant, bulk fuel tank farms, and four wind turbines.
The modular-style plant is powered by three fuel-efficient diesel engines that provide a generating capacity of 1,797 kW: 1800 RPM Caterpillar 3456 (447 kW); Cummins QSK23 (824 kW); and an 1800 RPM Cummins QSX15 (496 kW).
Four Northwind 100 kW wind turbines provide an additional 400 kW generating capacity and a new three-phase primary distribution line connects the turbines to the plant. The bulk fuel facility is the largest upgrade in the AVEC/Denali Commission partnership. AVEC’s tank farm storage capacity is 310,000 gallons and the separate community tank farm storage capacity is 501,000 gallons.
The total cost for this project is $17.8 million with funding provided by these organizations: Denali Commission; Rural Utilities Service; Alaska Energy Authority (U.S. Department of Energy); and AVEC. Read more