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Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska

By Conor Ryan
Younicos replaced the previously installed lead-acid systems with advanced lithium-ion batteries. Image: Younicos

Younicos has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 3MW battery-based energy storage system on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Younicos replaced the previously installed lead-acid systems with advanced lithium-ion batteries — expanding the system’s operational lifetime while boosting performance.

Darron Scott, President/CEO of Kodiak Electric Association (KEA), said: “Younicos is a forward-thinking organization with proven technology that shares our belief in clean and affordable energy.

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“As a cooperative, we’re owned by the island’s residents – who care about the environment and electricity rates. This upgraded battery system will ensure continued use of renewable energy, keeping our grid reliable and our costs down.”

Back in 2007, KEA set down a goal to produce 95% of Kodiak Island’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2020 — with the utility reaching that goal ahead of schedule in 2012.

Since 2015, Kodiak Island has been one of only five cities in the US to reach over 99% of its generation through renewable resources.

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