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Microgrid offsets diesel to power a rural Alaskan village

April 19, 2022

A hybrid solar-plus-storage microgrid will replace some of the power generated by diesel in a remote community above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

The microgrid features a 225kW solar array and a 250 kW/384 kWh lithium-ion battery system that serve the energy needs for Shungnak, a village of fewer than 300 people.

Designed with a “diesel off” function, the microgrid is able to coordinate with the local utility, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, to turn off diesel power generation when possible. The microgrid is expected to save 25,000 gallons of fuel and $200,000 in fuel costs per year.

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