Wind turbines whirling in Nome

From the Anchorage Daily News on Sunday, January 25, 2009:

An 18-turbine wind farm in the Snake River Valley has begun producing 10 percent of the energy needs in Nome. It is the first step toward more self-sufficiency, says Neal Foster, president of Banner Wind LLC.

“It’s not only a way to help cut (energy) costs,” said Foster. “We felt it was like putting our toe in the water, to become more and more self-sufficient. The intent is to add more to that, to increase our expertise and knowledge of alternative energy. The next step for us is to move into the villages. We want Nome to be the hub.”

Bering Straits Native Corp., which is the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Nome area, along with area village corporation Sitnasuak Native Corp. jointly own Banner Wind’s turbines, which have the potential to generate up to 1.2 megawatts of power.

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