Summit Power Group adds largest Alaska project

The Fire Island Wind Project in Alaska is now operating, developer Summit Power Group says. The 17-MW project near Anchorage is the largest project in the state.

The project was developed by Summit with its owner, Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). The wind farm is located on Fire Island in Cook Inlet, three miles west of Anchorage.

Seattle-based Summit now has about 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects in operation.

Chugach Electric Association (CEA), the largest electric utility in Alaska, will buy the power from the project. The Fire Island Wind Project is Alaska’s first major power project owned by an independent power producer.

The site deployed 11 GE 1.6XLE turbines and is expected to offset 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per year. Fire Island is estimated to provide 4% of Chugach’s electricity, or enough to power approximately 6,000 homes.

The partners are also co-developing Fire Island II, a 36-MW project slated for commercial operation in 2014.

Summit helped develop four wind projects in Washington state that total more than750 MW.