The Shungnak Community Microgrid Project Nomination
In the remote village of Shungnak, Alaska, residents have long relied on a diesel-based power plant system. Fuel costs soar above $8.25 a gallon, and the hum and exhaust smell of generators is constant. This solar + storage microgrid offers a promising, energy resilient future. Uniquely designed to enable a diesels off operation, the system automatically coordinates between solar and energy storage to ensure lowest cost power and communicates with the AVEC power plant on the best times to turn diesel generation off. The microgrid is expected to save 25,000 gallons of fuel per year and an estimated $200,000 per year on fuel costs. This microgrid project is also helping develop a framework that can be replicated in other remote communities.
2022 was a challenging year for the solar industry, but projects large and small were still constructed, installed and commissioned in near record numbers. And now it’s time to pick your favorites among the best!
The voting is set for the 2022 Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards, sponsored by EagleView Technologies. Featuring 27 projects across six categories (C&I rooftop, C&I ground-mount, Community, Residential, Microgrid, Utility-Scale), this year’s field was curated by our editorial team from over 50 submissions.