Alaskan Electric Cooperative Expands Wind Turbine Fleet

October 25, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Northern Power Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., has been awarded a contract to install and commission three additional NorthWind 100 wind turbines for the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). The contract brings the total number of turbines AVEC has purchased from Northern Power to 10, representing what is believed to be the largest investment in wind turbines made in Alaska in a single year.

The Northern Power Products division will also supply and install wind turbine Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for the villages of Toksook Bay and Kasigluk. These systems will leverage Northern Power's SmartView software, which will allow AVEC to monitor and control the wind turbines in both villages, as well as monitor the overall power generation system assets. The combined value for the turbine sale, the SCADA systems, and other value-added services is $1.8 million.

"The NorthWind 100 turbines and SmartView software represent the ideal solution for rural communities where fuel is difficult and costly to deliver," noted Northern Power Project Manager Brett Pingree. "They provide non-polluting, renewable electrical energy; are field-proven to withstand the harsh arctic environment; and allow AVEC to easily monitor and control their systems."