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Shungnak Community Microgrid

Uncover the captivating story of Shungnak, Alaska, a remote village with a solar-plus-storage microgrid. Discover the challenges overcome, cutting-edge battery technology, and remarkable savings achieved. See how sustainability revolutionizes remote communities.

System Snapshot

Battery System

(12) Blue Ion LX 384 kWh capacity total


Diesel generator power plant


Alaska Native Renewable Industries

Power Conversion

(1) EPC PD250 250 kW

Solar Integration

225kW solar array LG 405W NeON 2 BiFacial modules

Project Details

Project Name

Shungnak Community Microgrid




Blue Ion™ LX

Site Location

Shungnak, Alaska


Tribal Entities

Project type



Hybrid Solar+Storage Microgrid

Shungnak Community Microgrid

The Challenge

In the remote village of Shungnak, Alaska, the reliance on a diesel-based power plant system posed multiple challenges. High fuel costs of $8.25+ per gallon, constant generator noise, and exhaust fumes hindered the community's quality of life. The extreme weather conditions, along with the need to transport fuel by plane or boat, made power generation costly and unreliable.

Energy Solution

Blue Planet Energy, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Northwest Arctic Borough, and other partners introduced a solar-plus-storage microgrid system to revolutionize the energy landscape in Shungnak. This solution aimed to provide a sustainable and resilient future for the community.
“Blue Planet Energy’s battery system is a game changer for AVEC. We haven’t had energy storage on any community plants before, and as we’re improving the operation of the diesel plant, we now have the ability to store energy when the sun is out and use it later.”
Aime Morgan, AVEC Electrical Engineer
Blue Planet Energy’s Blue Ion LX, 384 kWh total capacity

Blue Planet Energy's solar-plus-storage microgrid in Shungnak, Alaska, integrated their reliable Blue Ion LX battery system with the existing diesel power plant. Led by the Northwest Arctic Borough and owned by the Native Village of Shungnak and the Native Village of Kobuk, with support from Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), the project aimed to optimize solar energy and address the challenge of aligning solar generation with the village's demand.

The Blue Ion LX battery system, utilizing lithium iron phosphate (LFP, LiFePO4) chemistry, was chosen for its exceptional safety and reliability in the remote and unmanned environment of Shungnak's diesel power plant. This selection instilled confidence in AVEC to embrace energy storage and reduce their reliance on diesel generators.

“Blue Planet Energy was critical to the success of this project. Thanks to the energy storage system, we can turn the diesels off but keep the lights on in the community. It also gives the local utility the ability to run on 100% clean energy for hours at a time.”Rob Roys, Chief Innovation Officer at Launch Alaska

Despite logistical challenges, Blue Planet Energy successfully shipped and installed the Blue Ion LX system in Shungnak, demonstrating the robustness and superior quality of their technology.

The solar-plus-storage microgrid significantly reduced Shungnak's dependence on diesel fuel, resulting in estimated annual savings of 25,000 gallons and approximately $200,000 in fuel costs. Additionally, the system minimized generator maintenance expenses, contributing to a cleaner environment and improved sustainability for the village.

The success of the Shungnak project serves as a blueprint for similar grid-scale projects in remote communities. Blue Planet Energy's LFP batteries, combined with strategic partnerships and innovative microgrid controllers, showcase the viability of sustainable energy solutions for off-grid regions.

Blue Planet Energy’s Blue Ion LX, 384 kWh total capacityShungnak, Alaska student tour and learn about the energy microgrid

Closing Thoughts

Blue Planet Energy's solar-plus-storage microgrid in Shungnak, Alaska, has transformed the village's energy landscape. By reducing fuel costs, eliminating generator noise and emissions, and providing a resilient power supply, this innovative solution has paved the way for a sustainable future. The project's success serves as a model for other remote communities seeking to embrace clean energy and overcome the challenges of isolation and extreme weather conditions.

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