The Kokhanok Village Council received funding from the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Renewable Energy Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Diesel Program to upgrade their existing diesel power system and integrate it with Kokhanok’s wind turbines. The project will result in a fully functional wind-diesel system that is capable of operating in unattended, automated mode. The wind system has not functioned since 2014, and solving the integration issues to get the turbines back up and running has been Kokhanok’s number one energy priority.
Kokhanok worked with the Southwest Alaska Energy Network to procure the engineering design and equipment installation needed to refurbish the community’s wind-diesel system. Making sure the RFP meets AEA and EPA requirements is critical in obtaining project funding. The Southwest Alaska Energy Network is an energy support network that started in 2016 to serve the Aleutian-Pribilof, Bristol Bay and Kodiak regions, supported by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy grant and the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC).