New co-gen, wind for Fairbanks?
Golden Valley Electric Association, Interior Alaska’s power utility, is looking at a proposal from Eco Green Generation of Monument, CO, an independent power producer, to generate 55 megawatts of power for GVEA. EGG proposes to add 11 cogeneration units in the Fairbanks area, each unit producing five megawatts using liquefied natural gas or propane.
The units would be near large commercial buildings to allow waste heat to be used by the buildings. The proposal includes a 25-megawatt wind farm near Delta Junction and a 4.4-megawatt battery energy storage system. The 11 cogeneration units would employ reciprocating engines that can be throttled up and down quickly, taking up slack if the wind suddenly dies. The project involves Alaska Environmental Power of Delta which now provides GVEA with 2
megawatts of wind power. AEP would receive one third of the net revenue from the project. EGG could have the project online by November 30. GVEA is asked to respond by late February.
GVEA, Chugach test solar arrays
In a related project, GVEA has completed its new solar installation and is now in the startup phase. GVEA’s project cost about $1 million including $225,000 in federal funds contributed
toward the project. The project will produce sufficient power to power 71 homes, assuming average use of 660 kWh per month.
Chugach Electric Association, the utility for South- central Alaska, has also started tests with a small solar array completed in December. Data collected will show how effective solar can be