Contractors Corner: Proving solar is viable in even the darkest Alaskan communities

By Kelly Pickerel Oxymorons—little giants, harmless pollution, non-stick glue—they just don’t quite make sense. But what about solar power in Alaska?
One young solar installation company headquartered in Anchorage attempts to debunk the unfortunate assumption that Alaska and solar don’t make sense. Arctic Solar Ventures happened to commission a 25-kW system on winter solstice 2016—the darkest day of the year—to further prove solar energy is viable in Alaska.
The Arctic Solar Ventures team (L-R): CEO and founder Stephen Trimble; vice president Jacqueline Savina; vice president of business development C. Chase Christie
“It was by chance that the project was commissioned on that day. We just

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