Tuntutuliak Wind Heat System

In a roadless area near the Kuskokwim River, as it widens into a delta, lies Tuntutuliak, Alaska. Its nearly 400 inhabitants had relied only on diesel as a source of electrical power and for heat in residential homes. Diesel arrives by barge twice a year and retails for about $7.00 per gallon. The Tuntutuliak Community Service Association contracted with IES to install: 5 Windmatic 95kW wind turbines 1 Load Regulator for balancing the micro-grid 30 Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) stoves SCADA computer to visualize and control all the components A Smart Metering system New switchgear and upgrades to stabilize their power plant Wind penetration for the community electrical grid is approximately 30% resulting in monetary savings for a utility plagued by debt. The ETS units have provided ½ price heat for community elders and members where heating costs are the primary expense in the winter. The smart meters enable a remote disconnection and connection, automatic meter reading, and advanced analytics for the entire community. IES is proud to have provided long-term, sustainable energy solutions and one of the most advanced, holistic, high-tech systems in North America. This was done in collaboration with the village of Tuntutuliak while striving to empower Yup’ik people and provide steady...

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Kongiganak Wind Heat System

On the outer coast where the weather from the “Deadliest Catch” meets the land is Kongiganak, Alaska. It is 90 miles from any road and 500 miles from any road system. Its over 400 inhabitants had relied only on diesel as a source of electrical power and for heat in residential homes. Diesel arrives by barge twice a year and retails for about $7.00 per gallon. The Puvurnaq Power Company contracted with IES to install: 5 Windmatic 95kW wind turbines 1 Load Regulator for balancing the micro-grid 20 Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) stoves SCADA computer to visualize and control all the components A Smart Metering system Wind penetration for the community electrical grid is 30-40% resulting in significant monetary savings for a small utility plagued by debt. Also, the ETS units have provided ½ price heat for community elders and members where heating costs are the primary expense in the winter. In fact, the ETS units are so popular the village is in the early stage of expanding the ETS stove installation to 50 homes. Finally, the smart meters help with remote disconnection and connection, automatic meter reading, and advanced analytics for the entire community. IES is proud to have provided long-term, sustainable, energy solutions and one of the most advanced, holistic, high-tech systems in North America. This was done in collaboration with the village of Kongiganak while striving to empower Yup’ik people and provide steady...

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Kwigillingok Battery Energy Storage System

Similar to the villages of Kongiganak and Tuntutuliak, Kwigillingok is remote, roadless, and very windy. Also very similar is the fact that IES installed a high-tech, holistic system of wind turbines, Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) stoves, a load regulator, and a SCADA system to control it all. What makes Kwigillingok even more advanced is a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). Utilizing the newest lithium-ion batteries from the auto industry, IES has provided the means to run the entire village from wind power. This means that, with wind, the lights are on, but the diesel generators are OFF. For at least 33% of the year: No noise, no pollution, no fuel cost, no maintenance. Now that this system is finished, expected fuel cost savings are 50% or...

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Chaninik Wind Group Smart Metering

The villages of Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, and Tuntutuliak share a common environment, culture, and purpose to lower energy costs. Consequently, they have formed the Chaninik Wind Group (CWG) and worked closely with IES to achieve their goals. IES has teamed up with Leidos, Inc. to provide smart metering systems for these villages. Advantages of the smart meters include: Automatic meter reading A secure internet-based portal to read individual or community meters Remote disconnect and reconnect Advanced diagnostics and outage management for utility managers Technical support for meter issues or questions Individual customer access for household consumption and efficiency...

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Kipnuk Wind Heat System

Kipnuk, Alaska is now funded to build its own high-penetration wind diesel system similar to the other members of Chaninik Wind Group. Since Kipnuk is a larger village, its system will be larger with six Windmatic 95 kW Wind Turbines, and a higher number of village households receiving Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) stoves. Construction is planned for early 2016. As with all its projects, IES will collaborate with Kipnuk to provide cost savings, long-term sustainable energy solutions, community development, and additional employment for its community...

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