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Alaska’s rural communities are increasingly looking to wind, solar and biomass to reduce their use of expensive diesel fuel to generate heat and electricity. Residents talked about their efforts to use renewable energy sources at this week’s Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks.


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About 400 people from around Alaska and elsewhere converged on the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center Tuesday to talk about how residents of the state’s rural and remote communities can reduce high energy costs during the 20th Rural Energy Conference.


Ft. Yukon Goes Solar

Jun 2, 2015
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Ft. Yukon recently began operating a solar electric project. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the system is testing integration of the energy source into the power grid of an isolated northern community. 

Tim Ellis/KUAC

*This story won Third Place for Best Environmental Reporting from the Alaska Press Club in 2013.

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks moved ahead Wednesday on a project that will demonstrate how solar energy can be collected year-round and used to heat a commercial building without fossil fuels, like heating oil. The project is being funded by one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel companies.