With its extreme weather conditions and isolated off-grid communities, Alaska is the American microgrid “frontier.” Over 200 remotely powered Alaskan villages are not connected to power grids. They are spread out over geographically varied regions with diverse energy resources, and have the highest energy costs in the US, sometimes up to 10 times the national average. This makes Alaska the perfect place to experiment with the renewable integration of microgrids.
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks’ groundbreaking Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) program has brought together a multinational community of energy representatives from throughout the Arctic region for comprehensive training, including using HOMER Pro to model the most effective systems for Arctic renewable energy optimization. ARENA education focuses on developing, operating, and managing sustainable, renewable remote energy microgrids via a mix of capacity building, online training, in-person site visits and sessions, and networking. ARENA education on […]