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International Wind-Diesel Conference 2011 Girdwood, Alaska. Susitna Energy Systems Southwest Windpower Perryville, Alaska Wind Farm Kirk Garoutte, Susitna Energy Jay Yeager, SWWP Simple Solutions to Large Problems. Est. 1996, Alaskan Owned and Operated

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International wind diesel conference 2011 girdwood alaska

International Wind-Diesel Conference 2011Girdwood, Alaska

Susitna Energy Systems

Southwest Windpower

Perryville, Alaska Wind Farm

Kirk Garoutte, Susitna Energy

Jay Yeager, SWWP

Simple Solutions to Large Problems




Perryville construction costs
Perryville Construction Costs

  • $150K Wind Farm - Start to Finish

  • Financed by Native Village of Perryville

  • Owner operated and maintained (pride of ownership)

  • ROI ~25,000kW-hr/yr @ $0.60 kW-hr ~ 10yrs

  • ROI ~6,000 gal.-fuel/yr @ $4.50 gal. ~ 6yrs (and becoming less every day)


Perryville performance
Perryville Performance

  • Commissioned Nov. ‘08

  • 10 Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7 Turbines on 70’ Guy Supported Towers

  • 25 kW Wind Farm & 120kW John Deere Diesel Generator (~20% penetration)

  • Class 2 Wind Regime – Avg. 4.60 m/s

  • >65 MwHrs Prod. Since Commissioned


Key benefits
Key Benefits

  • Size and scalability of multiple small wind turbines can provide a better fit to the application

  • Offers multiple redundancies compared to single large turbine installations

  • Very short project cycle time and uncomplicated logistics

  • Self erecting towers do not need heavy lifting equipment.


Key benefits1
Key Benefits

  • All assembly and maintenance performed at ground level

  • Economic development and new local employment

  • Minimum balance of systems requirements

  • Able to blend with existing systems

  • Competitive installed cost


Perryville lessons learned
Perryville Lessons Learned

  • Keep It Simple and Sustainable

  • Expand remote monitoring capabilities and improve

    communications system on future projects

  • Better front end modeling and closer project management will reduce cost and cycle time on future projects


Perryville lessons learned1
Perryville Lessons Learned

Multiple, small turbines can be maintained by local people who are trained by dealer and manufacturer


Perryville lessons learned2
Perryville Lessons Learned

Community participation in and ownership of the project are key to success


Simple solutions to large problems kirk@susitnaenergy com

“Simple Solutions to Large Problems”

[email protected]

Susitna Energy Systems2507 Fairbanks St. Anchorage, AK 99503907.337.1300Southwest Windpower1801 W Rt. 66 Flagstaff, AZ 86001928.779.9463


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