JUNEAU, ALASKA -- Mariah Power (www.mariahpower.com) was awarded a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide the wind system for Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute âEUR" AlaskaâEUR(TM)s largest fisheries research facility. Six Windspire vertical axis wind turbines will generate 7.2 kWh of clean, renewable energy at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, Alaska in a deal inked earlier this month.
The 66,000 square feet of office and laboratory space is the home of Auke Bay Laboratories, and employs up to 100 scientists working to expand the understanding of AlaskaâEUR(TM)s marine and fisheries resources. The Institute, which opened to public acclaim in May, 2007, was designed to achieve tremendous environmental efficiencies.
The solicitation from the staff at NOAA identified multiple requirements. The system was required to provide a clean, reliable and affordable source of renewable power for what some have called one of AlaskaâEUR(TM)s most environmentally friendly federal buildings. The wind system also needed to withstand the sometimes brutal climate of Juneau, Alaska, demanding that any wind system be able to withstand âEURoefreezing spray, icing conditions, and over 36 inches of annual snowfall.âEUR Finally, in a complex that houses nearly 100 of the agencyâEUR(TM)s top fisheries scientists, laboratories and fish and shark tanks, the system would have to be both quiet and visually attractive. The Windspire exceeds all of these requirements, with a noise level just 6 decibels above ambient noise (essentially silent) and an attractive design that correlate perfectly to the buildingâEUR(TM)s existing design. The Windspire system will produce 7.2 kWh of power at a cost less than $50,000.
âEURoeAs our country focuses on a renewable energy future, it is wonderful to see government agencies utilizing American-made renewable energy products, âEURoesaid Mike Hess, Mariah Power CEO. âEURoeThe Windspire is the perfect wind turbine to accompany the great environmental work of the center.âEUR