Even in Darkest Months, Solar Power Proves is Feasible Option for Alaska


SolarFreedomNow.com – Anchorage is in its darkest days of its first year, but the solar at the Ridgeline Terrace housing development in Mountain View are still taking in rays. That sunlight is converted into electricity to strength the development’s dozens of suites and condominiums. Nonetheless, some people still aren’t sold on the process of harnessing hot from the sunbathe, remarks Daniel Delfino with Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC).

“There’s a common perception that there has to be a sunny day out with no cloud cover for these to produce intensity ,” replied Delfino of the alternative intensity systems.” The technology on these panels has evolved over the years to the point that even when it’s cloudy or overcast or maybe even slightly rainy, these panels are still produce electricity for the buildings.”

In fact, more and more Alaska communities are tapping into solar. Since 2013, AHFC has incorporated information and communication technologies into 21 housing programmes across the district, both solar energy and solar-powered hot water.

Even though it’s only abundant in Alaska for a few months, strength from the sunbathe has its perks, Delfino remarks.

“It’s renewable, it’s free,” he replied. “So when high oil prices go up or natural gas rates go up, solar power — if it’s being provided by the panels on the side of the building — it’s always going to cost the same.”

And any strength the panels aren’t inducing is offset by the local practicality business, which equals lower monthly overheads for the tenants. Plus, through net metering, homeowners and business owners can get credited for overproduction in the summer utilised in the winter months when the panels are inducing less solar power.

More proof of the renewable energy source in Anchorage can be found downtown, where Arctic Solar Venture’s newest panel station is powering the 20,000 square foot bureau structure at 880 H Street.

“It causes 15 percent of the full amounts of the building’s use,” replied Stephen Trimble, Arctic Solar’s CEO and founder. “Over such courses of 30 years, it’ll save the building owner about $300,000 in energy savings that they’re going to be inducing themselves with the solar.”

Installing the technology takes a reasonably large capital investment up front , notes Chase Christie, Arctic Solar’s vice president of business development. But the long-term savings working together with clean intensity petition make solar power more than exactly a more visible option. It’s a viable one, very, he remarks .

“Alaska is an intensity district,” Christie replied. “And there’s no reason Alaska shouldn’t be part of the fastest growing intensity manufacture in the United States.”

Speaking of hope within the industry, Alaska has the same amount of solar capacity as Germany, which is now results the world in solar power .

“So when you think about the opportunity we have here has become a 500,000 square mile district, that’s exciting for certain,” replied Trimble. “Not every structure works for it, based on how it’s designed … But it’s an exciting opportunity to generate local business, and it’s an agitating opportunity to help Alaskans develop their own intensity.”

He and Christie both respond even if Alaskans aren’t yet ready to buy in, the sunbathe as a renewable energy resource has arrived to the Last Frontier.


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