AVEC serves 58 communities across Alaska, nearly all of which are only accessible by airplane or marine vessel. The turbine will be used to provide power to Stebbins and Saint Michael, two remote communities on Saint Michael Island in Norton Sound in Alaska. The villages have a subarctic climate with maritime influences during the summer. Winter temperatures average -20° to -9° Celsius with even colder extremes.
The tower features high strength steel for arctic climates. EWT’s cold weather package, black blades, ice detection and heating systems are specifically designed to optimize performance, reliability and operating efficiency in extreme low temperatures. The wind turbine will be fully integrated into the generation and distribution system, improving grid stability and power quality which are common issues in diesel micro-grids, saving over 165,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year. Source: EWT