Energy Independence

In Southeast Alaska, reliance on fossil fuels is costly for our environment, economy and culture. We are fortunate to live in a region with access to local, renewable options for energy production.

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP) is committed to renewable energy solutions that are clean, reliable and sustainable. Together as partners, SSP strives to make Southeast Alaska less dependent on outside energy while finding ways to encourage more efficient use of existing energy resources through improved building upgrades. SSP partners work within communities to develop a combination of local, innovative renewable energy projects that directly benefit rural Alaska.

Hydropower, biomass, solar, wind, and tidal all play a role in our region’s energy future. SSP works with local communities to ensure local involvement in, and benefit from, the evolution of our region’s energy system over the long-term.

Featured Work

Check out some of our ongoing energy projects across Southeast Alaska.

Home Energy Leader Program

The new Home Energy Leader Program (HELP) provides training and resources to residents in Southeast Alaska to lower their energy bills through efficiency and conservation measures.  Home Energy Leaders will use the information and resources they gain in training to engage their fellow community members to reduce energy use.

Contact s.kilcoyne@realaska.org for more information and to find out which communities are participating.

Biomass Heated Greenhouse Handbook

Pairing a greenhouse with a wood heating system can benefit communities by improving nutrition, lowering energy costs, and providing local employment opportunities. That is why the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Energy Authority have partnered to fund Alaska Biomass Heated Greenhouse Handbook. The Sustainable Southeast Partnership and the Southeast Island School District helped write the handbook, which showcases the successful biomass heated greenhouse projects on Prince of Wales Island. This comprehensive handbook is a free resource available to schools and anyone interested in building a biomass heated greenhouse locally.

To request a hard copy, email SSP Energy Catalyst Shaina at s.kilcoyne@realaska.org or SSP Local Food Catalyst Lia at growsoutheast@gmail.com. School and community leaders will be prioritized for limited hard copies of the Handbook.  Check out this presentation on Biomass heated greenhouses from Alaska Forum on the Environment 2018.

Commercial Energy Audits: Savings for Southeast

Through a US Department of Agriculture grant, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), the Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP), and Southeast Conference have coordinated and completed 58 energy audits for businesses, including two fishing vessels! If all energy efficiency recommendations were implemented at an estimated cost of $1.74 million, businesses would save $400,000 every year on energy bills, paying back that investment in just over 4  years! 

Are you a business in Southeast Alaska?  Find out if you’re eligible for the program by contacting Shaina at s.kilcoyne@realaska.org

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