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Highlight: In July, the Kodiak Electric Association on Kodiak Island finished installing three GE 1.5 MW SLE turbines on Pillar Mountain. The 388-foot tall turbines are the first in the state capable of each producing more than a megawatt of power. They are expected to generate about 8% of the association’s annual electrical production, eliminating the need for 800,000 gallons of diesel each year.
Kodiak Electric will now rely on a combination of wind, hydro and diesel fuel to supply electricity to about 5,800 homes and businesses. Though about 20% of that power is currently supplied by diesel fuel, the cooperative has set a goal of having 95% of its power use generated by renewable energy sources by 2020. The wind turbines, which automatically rotate to face the wind, are the same model being considered for CIRI’s wind project on Fire Island. The $23.3 million project on Kodiak was funded through a combination of federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), state renewable energy grants and the cooperative’s funds. For more information, go to www.kodiakelectric.com. You can also find more pictures on our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/41065618@N07/sets/72157622540414549/detail/