Don’t Discount Alaskan Solar

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Lime Solar announces it’s the top Alaskan renewable energy company for commercial and home applications. Although Alaska may not be the first place we think of when it comes to solar power, it’s not to be discounted.

When Alaska comes up in solar news, it’s usually as a point of comparison with Germany — and it’s used to point out how little sun both get.

But that doesn’t mean solar is not happening in Alaska.

 

Today, Lime Solar announced it has become the top Alaskan renewable energy company for commercial and home applications. After two years of growth, Lime Solar installed the largest solar array in the state in 2013. For the summer of 2014, the company is planning the largest combination of solar install projects in the state’s history.

 

“It’s a testament to hard work and training, as well as an expanding desire from Alaskans and businesses for more renewable energy,” said Lime Solar co-owner and electrical engineer Jesse Moe.

 

Lime Solar was founded in late 2011 by third-generation Alaskans Jesse Moe and Chester Dyso. The company opened its doors to the public in April 2012. Lime Solar offers energy evaluation and engineering services in addition to selling a full spectrum of renewable energy products. Its inventory includes solar panels, wind turbines, batteries, inverters, LEDs, and more.

 

“Jesse and Chester are true visionaries,” said Senator Lesil McGuire, a longtime champion of renewable energy. “Lime Solar installed the first residential grid-tied wind turbine in Anchorage in 2012, and then the first grid-tied solar array with battery backup in the Mat-Su, plus the largest solar array in Alaska in 2013 in Anchorage. It’s a remarkable business growth that’s benefiting all Alaskans,” added Senator McGuire.

 

Lime Solar’s efforts have blossomed statewide and include installing a University of Alaska Fairbanks sustainable-village solar array in 2013. Additionally, Lime Solar is focusing on education across Alaska, including hosting classes at for builders at Spenard Builders Supply and for the Alaska Department of Corrections in three of its facilities. From free public seminars in the company’s main store to working with the IBEW Apprenticeship program to educate electricians to rural outreach and village classes, Moe and Dyson are striving to make all Alaskans aware of renewable energy.

 

“Our 2014 summer and fall projects will likely be the largest amount of solar and wind renewable energy installations in Alaska’s history in one season,” said co-owner Chester Dyson. Dyson added that some of the company’s 2014 projects include installations ranging in size from 20 kW to 50 kW in Talkeetna and Anchorage.

 

“We’re proud of our work, our team’s monthly training to keep updated on technology, and because Alaska and the majority of our policymakers recognize and support the multiple benefits derived from renewable energy. The benefits to Alaska’s environment and economy are why we started Lime Solar,” said Jesse Moe.

 

If Germany could do it, why not Alaska? We look forward to seeing further solar developments in the state.