Renewable energy group to meet

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Despite Alaska's distance from the Lower 48, it hasn't been protected from the green fever that's swept across the rest of the country, as alternative energy is on the minds of most everyone. The Kenai Peninsula is no exception.

To spread renewable energy awareness, the Kenai Peninsula Association for Renewable Energy is hosting its first meeting Thursday at Skyview High School from 6 to 8 p.m.

"It's all about renewable energy," said Nadia Daggett, who was instrumental in creating KPARE. "We're trying to get the community to get active."

Daggett, owner of Alaska Wind Industries, a company that distributes and installs wind turbines, first formed the group in February. There are now more than 160 KPARE members all over the peninsula -- from Seward to Homer to Kenai, Daggett said.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on how to get the community to progress toward using renewable energy. Information about different types of alternative energy and how to reduce energy use also will be discussed.

Grant proposals will be another major topic discussed at the meeting, Daggett said.

"There's money there that can be set aside for individual grants," she said. "The funds are there, we just have to write a grant proposal."

Daggett said currently no grant money is available for residential alternative energy projects and only exists for commercial projects. But that is a trend Daggett said she's hoping to change.

Daggett said she plans to form a group to write a proposal to the Legislature, petitioning for individual grants for alternative energy projects.

"If we can ask for money for the Kenai Peninsula, then we can maybe get some of that money that individuals can apply for," she said.

Mike Nesper can be reached at mike.nesper@peninsulaclarion.com.



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