ABB has signed an agreement with a local utility in west Alaska to install two microgrid systems in the villages of Deering and Buckland.

ABB said the villages had sourced wind power, but its variable nature meant it was being “underutilised”. To aid renewable integration, ABB will supply a modular “plug-and-play” micro-grid and storage technology.
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Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business, a part of the company’s power grids division, said the deployment of the micro-grid solutions will enhance the integration of renewable energy and enable a stronger, smarter and greener grid in these remote parts of Alaska.

The work is being carried out on behalf of NANA regional Corporation, the local utility that is looking to reduce the region’s reliance on imported and expensive diesel power generation.

“Our investment in this advanced micro-grid technology from ABB will enable us to maximise the contribution of clean renewable energy and reduce the use of costly diesel fuel for powering our villages and projects,” said Wayne Qaniqsiruaq Westlake, CEO of NANA.