Renewable Energy in the Remote Alaska Native Village of Tuntutuliak

Renewable energy

The Alaska Native village of Tuntutuliak has pioneered the installation of an unprecedented renewable energy system that will use wind power, smart-grid technology and residential electric thermal storage to reduce its dependence on diesel-powered generators. The sophisticated energy system – which has never-before been installed in Alaska, was designed and managed by the Chaninik Wind Group, a consortium of four Native villages that joined together to harness wind power and reduce energy costs in remote Alaska Native villages.

Leading the movement with it’s new renewable energy system, Tuntutuliak is making strong headway in the effort to lessen their village’s dependence on diesel generators and therefore reduce costs. What’s more, the accomplishment of the Chaninik Group in Tuntutuliak has been so successful that the idea is catching on quickly; in the near future renewable energy projects in two other Alaska Native villages (Kongiganak and Kwigillingok) will also be up-and-running.

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