Alaska Airlines envisioned a small wind turbine at one of the companies terminals spread throughout Alaska. Nome Alaska, was to be the home to Alaska's first and largest wind turbine installed at a commercial airport facility. Alaska Airlines sought out a firm capable of professionally facilitating such an install. Alaskan Wind Industries was tasked with the duties of installing the system envisioned by Alaska Airlines.
Alaskan Wind Industries installed a grid connected KW6 system in Nome to assist the terminal with it's power needs. Also installed at the facility is a 1kW grid connected solar array on the roof of the terminal.
- Corporate Project
- An investment was sought to combat current energy costs
- Wind Turbine that would keep producing in high winds and for backup power.
- Will supply energy to Nome Airport and supply backup power
Alaska Airline's system is expected to pay for itself within a few years at current utility costs, and utilization of all available incentives. With an average wind speed around 14mph in Nome, this hybrid system is expected to produce over 1,200kWh a month.
Alaska Airlines hired a consulting firm to work with FAA and USDOT as well as a myriad of other agencies to get the proper permits to proceed with the first wind turbine on airport property in North America. The results however limited the turbine to a tower height of only 29' to the turbine hub, yet Alaska Airlines hopes the requirements will be reviewed and reconsidered in the event of other esquires into a similar installation.
Alaskan Wind Industries financial team, supplied Alaska Airlines with underwriting for a 30% business cash grant to help the airline realize a larger return on investment and to assist with a quicker payoff on their new system.