Kake Wind Project
In 2010, SEACC partnered with the Organized Village of Kake (OVK) to explore wind energy potential near the village of Kake, Alaska. We installed a 34 meter meterological tower with
instruments to measure wind speed, direction and temperature. The tower has been operating for over 18 months now, and our latest data suggest a potentially-utility grade, class five wind resource! Check our new (Jan 2012) report on the Kake's wind energy resource.
This is great news, and we're following up with our partners at OVK and the state's Alaska Energy Authority and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, among others, to plan the next steps to bring more affordable energy to Kake. Residents currently pay upwards of 60 cents a kilowatt hour for electricity from the town's diesel generators and up to $6 dollars a gallon for heating oil, adding to economic and social hardships in this Alaska native community.
Video: Checking on the Tower in the Winter