When you think about a solar farm, you probably don’t see it in a cold and snowy place. When it comes to solar panels, most people think about sunny and warm areas with the sun always shining. But it hasn’t to be always like this. Actually, one of the largest solar farms is placed in Anchorage, in the north of Alaska, one of the coldest places on earth.
Even though this place in Alaska only receives a few hours of daylight during the day, it has been approved for establishing a solar farm. Even when it seems like it is not a good idea, these snowy places in the north and south of the Alaska state receive at least 85% of energy from the sun that is captured by the panels to transform it into electricity.
Willow, the city where the farm is placed, has proven that is not necessary many hours of sunlight to produce energy from renewable sources, despite all the critics and skeptical comments. The city, which is located just a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle, only receives less than 6 hours of light from the sun per day, when they’re in winter season.
The project was developed by a solar company placed in Alaska, and the results have been greater than expected, with the farm producing 1.35 megawatts hours per year, which is enough energy to power at least 120 homes during an entire year, in average. The systems installed contain 11 rows of solar panels, some of them are of 133kW and others of 70 kW.
The main reason why this company decided to establish the solar farm in this area is that the Arctic and it’s surroundings is the zone that has been more affected by the climate change in the entire world and the continuous use of non-renewable sources to produce energy only increases its velocity of destruction.
In addition, this is not the only farm using solar energy in Alaska, there are other smaller than this one which is placed mostly in the northern areas of the state. The company has also joined with the University of Alaska, in order to improve the panel’s efficiency under these circumstances, and in improving the panel’s surfaces well to repeal snow more easily.
The project has started in the year 2018 and it has been a huge success so far. It is expected that more companies and investors continue with this idea, due to climate change needs added to the minimum operational costs and investment.
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