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Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) constructed a wind power project in the village of Emmonak in 2010 that is comprised of six Northwind 100 B model turbines for 600 kW of installed wind turbine capacity, an electrical intertie to the nearby village of Alakanuk, and a control system to integrate the turbines to the existing […]

Mountain Village

Yukon River from Mountain Village wind site; D. Vaught photo

The wind resource measured at the Mountain Village met tower site is very good with measured wind power class 5 (excellent).  In addition to high average wind speeds and high wind power density, the site experiences very low turbulence and low extreme wind speed probability.  Its location on a high exposed plateau above the Yukon […]


Eek Alaska

The wind resource in Eek is estimated based on wind studies completed in the nearby communities of Quinhagak, Bethel, and Kongiganak. The wind resource in Quinhagak was measured from October 2005 to May 2007 with a 30 meter met tower located near the site of the recently-constructed wind turbines. The mean wind speed in Quinhagak […]


Marshall met tower; D. Vaught photo

The proposed Marshall wind project site is located one-half mile east of the village, just north of the airport access road and west of the spur road to Pilcher Mountain.  The site was identified during a reconnaissance visit in 2007 as particularly suitable for wind power development.   A met tower was installed at the project […]

Saint Mary’s

Aerial view of Village of Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s, Alaska is the largest village on the lower Yukon River and a high priority wind power project site for Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). In addition to the existing electrical intertie between Saint Mary’s and Pitka’s Point, current plans calls for continuation of an existing intertie west from the Saint Mary’s Airport to […]


Nightmute, Alaska

Nightmute has an outstanding wind resource for wind power development, characterized by a high average wind speed, high wind power class, and low turbulence. Nightmute’s wind resource is higher than other wind resources measured in the area, perhaps due to funneling of winds around the very high (839 ft elevation) Toksook hill immediately north and […]


Mekoryuk, Alaska

The Mekoryuk wind test site has outstanding potential for wind power development with Class 6 winds, low wind shear, and low turbulence. The wind rose indicates more variability in wind directions than observed elsewhere, but this likely is a consequence of Mekoryuk’s coastal location and maritime climate influence. For a representative village-scale stall controlled turbine […]


Quinhagak, Alaska

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Chevak, Alaska

Chevak has an outstanding wind resource for wind power development. Not only does the site rate as Class 6 (of seven designated classes of wind), the winds are relatively directional and low turbulence. Besides logistics and construction issues, the one significant challenge to installing wind turbines in Chevak is the permafrost soils at the designated […]