State’s largest rural solar project nears completion above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue

Alaska Public Media discusses how Alaska’s largest rural solar project nears completion above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue.

Since construction of Kotzebue Electric Association’s solar project began in May, a locally hired crew has clocked in ten-hour days, six days a week. They’ve hauled 1,440 solar panels across uneven tundra and installed the final one on June 18. The 576-kilowatt project is the second largest in the state, next to the Willow Solar Farm in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The construction site is southeast of the local airport, at the end of a long, gravelly access road. The rows of panels bring new fixtures to a rolling landscape marked by an aging wind farm that began KEA’s run with renewable energy in the late 90s.

 

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