Four Alaska Communities Collaborate on Wind-Diesel Microgrid

Nov. 7, 2017

Four tribal communities in Alaska have developed an advanced microgrid tied to residents' thermal stoves that has reduced their heating costs up to 50%. The village of Kongiganak and three other villages formed the Chaninik Wind Group, a collaboration to build new energy systems, that received DOE funding in 2010 under the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. The villages currently receive power from a hybrid system of diesel and renewables, including five wind turbines. Excess energy from the turbines is diverted to residents' thermal stoves via the microgrid.