Fairbanks, Ala.-based Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) is slated to receive $212,000 in renewable energy grants from the Denali Commission and the Alaska Energy Authority. The co-op received four of 33 awards for renewable energy projects around the state.
Two of the grants will be used to conduct feasibility studies of installing a hydroelectric project in the Nenana River near Healy and the Gerstle River near Delta Junction.
One grant will be used for engineering the Eva Creek wind project near Healy. GVEA has been evaluating the wind potential at this site for several years. The Eva Creek site can support a large wind project, but the company says that the actual sizing of the project will be determined by how many utilities want to participate.
The fourth grant will be used to evaluate the feasibility of constructing and operating a solar thermal water heating system to be used by McKinley Village Lodge and Denali Education Center located near Denali National Park.
SOURCE: Golden Valley Electric Association