Bering Straits Native Corporation invests in Wind Farm

Bering Straits Wind farmBering Straits Native Corp., which is the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Nome area, along with area village corporation Sitnasuak Native Corp. jointly own Banner Wind LLC.  Banner Wind built an 18-turbines wind farm in the Snake River Valley that has begun producing 10 percent of the energy needs in Nome.

The wind turbines, designed for cold weather and year-round operation, are similar to Kotzebue Electric Association’s 17-turbine wind farm. Kotzebue’s experience with similar turbine models has resulted in a savings of 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year, which at last year’s prices amounted to $250,000, and this year’s cost savings are expected to be well above $300,000.

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