In Kake, sun provides light at the end of the tunnel

Posted: December 28, 2014 – 12:05am

Each Kake solar array, seen Dec. 26, 2014, contains 12 solar panels made from silicon. (Stephanie Shor photo)

Each Kake solar array, seen Dec. 26, 2014, contains 12 solar panels made from silicon. (Stephanie Shor photo)

KAKE — Isolated in the rainforest of Southeast Alaska, residents here are thinking of alternative energy. In that, they’re not unlike the inhabitants of any other rural Alaska community. What makes Kake special is the way it’s approaching the topic.

After exploring wind energy options in partnership with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council in 2010, the Organized Village of Kake and five other Alaska Native communities received a U.S. Department of Energy grant for a different approach: solar power.

Kake installed 24 solar panels on its tribal government building in 2012.

Read more here: http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-28/kake-sun-provides-light-end-tunnel