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Toksook Bay Alaskan Native Wind

NativeEnergy helped fund three 100 kW wind turbines in the remote village
of Toksook Bay, Alaska.

Carbon Project Type: Wind Energy
Location: Toksook Bay, Alaska, U.S.A.
Year: 2006
Volume: 10,221 metric tons
Capacity: 300 kW

NativeEnergy's customers helped fund a two-year operations and maintenance reserve for three Northwind 100 kW turbines built in the village of Toksook Bay, Alaska, which began operations in July 2006.

Owned and operated by the non-profit Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, these three turbines produce about 585,000 kilowatt-hours per year. Every kilowatt-hour they produce means one fewer kilowatt-hour is generated by the diesel generators that otherwise provide power for this village.

To be competitive with the diesel generators, the turbines need to be able to produce power for 15 cents per kWh or less. As the turbines need to operate in extremely harsh conditions and are only accessible by air, weather permitting, our funding of the operations and maintenance reserve is helping avoid the significant periods of "down time" that the Coop's prior projects had experienced due to inadequate O&M funding.

As "first of their kind" projects in this region, the projects will set precedents for broader implementation. Our goal was to provide sufficient O&M funding to ensure that these projects demonstrate that wind power is economic in Alaska Native villages, and thus worth replicating.

Sustainable Development Benefits

  • Reduces 10,221 metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution
  • Replaces polluting diesel-generated electricity with renewable energy

Project Participants

This project is a collaboration between the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative and NativeEnergy.

Validation and Verification

This project’s emissions reductions were quantified using the Climate Neutral Network methodologies. Its electricity production is third party verified bi-annually.

Financial Additionality

This project meets NativeEnergy’s stringent additionality criteria, as our funding was necessary to the project’s implementation.