In the sleepy hamlet of Port Alexander in Southeast Alaska, amenities like wifi, cell service and even electricity are a luxury. Diesel generators run everything and fuel isn’t cheap so conservation is a cornerstone of daily life. Now, Sitka’s Raven Radio hopes to help the remote community conserve energy by updating its aging radio transmitter with wind and solar power. Listen Below:
KCAW technicians are currently installing a wind- and solar-powered battery bank that will boost the strength of KCAW's signal in Port Alexander from 10 watts up to 250 watts -- while drastically reducing dependence on the town's diesel power plant.