December 2020–KI Energy is pleased to announce the combined partnership bringing renewable energy to a senior living facility in Anchorage, Alaska. The YANMAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units will mark the first time that this type of technology will power an Alaskan senior living community. The hope for KI Energy, Alaska Energy Authority, and YANMAR is to advance energy-efficient, renewable energies to other parts of the state for reduced carbon footprint and decreased costs.

Baxter Senior Living Embraces New Energy Technology

Baxter Senior Living in Anchorage has partnered with KI Energy and Alaska Energy Authority to install new CHP units to its facility. This installation marks the first of its kind for an Alaskan senior care facility. According to KI Energy, the move will heighten the facility’s energy efficiency. A spokesperson for the utility stated, “CHP applications involve the recovery of wasted engine heat to produce excess thermal energy and electricity. The average efficiency of fossil-fueled power plants in the United States is 33% compared with YANMAR’s 88% efficiency.”

YANMAR CHP Units Reduce Carbon Footprint

Baxter Senior Living is excited at the prospect of reducing its carbon footprint thanks to the installation of its CHP units. Alaskan businesses and organizations like the senior living community are hoping to participate in practical solutions that help them reduce their carbon footprint. According to the facility, “By using clean burning natural gas or propane on your site, you may be able to reduce your energy consumption at your facility by as much as 90%.”

The partnership between KI Energy and YANMAR marks a momentous step in an energy-efficient direction for the state. The two hope to bring CHP energy solutions to other Alaskan businesses. The YANMAR CHP system relies on an internal combustion engine that’s powered by clean natural gas or propane to provide both electricity and heat. More efficient than from-the-grid power, CHP promises to help revolutionize the state’s energy production.

Clean Energy Solutions for Alaska

KI Energy’s goal is to provide affordable energy solutions to Alaskan businesses, which face America’s longest and coldest winters. Alaska has one of the highest energy costs for heat and power in the country. The success of the Baxter Community Living project opens the door to future renewable energy installations for other senior living facilities as well as a wide range of businesses and facilities in general.

 

According to the Institute for Energy Research, “Alaska has some of the highest electricity and gasoline prices in the country, which is not surprising because Alaska is large, remote, and sparsely populated.” The state’s agencies acknowledge that the state faces challenges forging a path to its sustainable future. However, partnerships like the Baxter Senior Living renewable energy initiative demonstrate how individual projects can lay the foundation for a more sustainable Alaska and inspire other organizations to work toward similar renewable energy goals.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that “Steps have already been taken at the state level to move us forward at developing increased energy efficiency.” Aside from lowering the costs that Alaskans will need to pay for energy, the investment in sustainable initiatives will create more economic opportunities for Alaskans as well.

KI Energy, YANMAR, the Alaska Energy Authority, and Baxter Senior Living are optimistic about the CHP system and hope that other businesses will take notice of the real opportunity here to cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. KI Energy hopes to establish other partnerships in the region to provide a similar service.

Contact KI Energy or its project partners to learn more.

Sources

https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/fossil-fuels/gas-and-oil/alaska-an-energy-and-economic-analysis/

https://www.adn.com/opinions/2020/10/19/developing-alternative-energy-can-reap-long-term-benefits-for-alaska/