Alaskan electric co-op expands wind turbine fleet

Waitsfield, VT, Oct. 27, 2005 — Northern Power, a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., has been awarded a contract to install and commission three additional NorthWind 100 wind turbines for Anchorage-based Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). The contract brings the total number of turbines AVEC has purchased from Northern Power to 10.

The Northern Power Products division will also supply and install wind turbine Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for the villages of Toksook Bay and Kasigluk. These systems will leverage Northern Power’s SmartView software, which will allow AVEC to monitor and control the wind turbines in both villages, as well as monitor the overall power generation system assets. The combined value for the turbine sale, the SCADA systems and other value-add services is $1.8 million.

The upcoming installation of the initial NorthWind turbines contributes to AVEC’s initiative to integrate renewable wind power into more of the isolated Alaskan communities to which it provides electric power. The 10 wind turbines ordered to date will generate electric power for four of the 52 remote communities served by AVEC, including the communities of Toksook Bay, Savoonga, Gambell and Kasigluk, located in western Alaska.

The NorthWind turbines are being integrated into a long-term diesel power plant and tank farm upgrade program by AVEC. The first installation at Toksook Bay includes a three-turbine array integrated with fuel-efficient diesel generators to generate power in a new, automated power plant, all of which will be monitored via Northern Power’s SmartView software and the associated SCADA system.

Working with the generators at Toksook Bay, the three new turbines will produce approximately 675,000 kWh annually, replacing over 30% of the energy normally generated by diesel and, at current fuel prices, providing an estimated annual fuel cost savings of approximately $100,000.

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