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It's no surprise that fresh produce can be hard to come by in Alaska, where the growing season is short and high energy prices make commercial food operations challenging. A few innovative communities are changing that trend by building greenhouses at schools and heating them with locally sourced woody biomass - creating a compelling chain of local energy generation, fresh food production, and hands-on education. The State recently released a handbook that outlines how to replicate this model, from project conception all the way through understanding biomass options, funding greenhouse operations, and incorporating a suite of educational opportunities. Of course there are also tons of great photos and inspiring case studies.
This April Wisewood Energy and the Quinault Indian Nation kicked off a new design project for a biomass district heating facility in Taholah, Washington. Taholah is situated at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Quinault River, an area rich in forest, river, and ocean resources. However, this area is also experiencing an increasing risk of sea level rise, coastal erosion, and intense storm events, and as such the community of Taholah has decided to relocate to higher grounds. The biomass district heating facility will provide key infrastructure for the relocated community buildings, and will be designed to use hog fuel wood chips sourced from the local area. Scroll down to p.9 for an excerpt on Wisewood's recent site visit to Taholah.
Harney Community Energy is an innovative, first-of-its-kind project in North America. Wisewood Energy has been working with Harney County School District No. 3 and Harney County since 2012 to develop a district energy system that will deliver heat to multiple key community facilities using woody biomass sourced from the surrounding region. The project is widely expected to represent a replicable model for community-scaled economic development that increases energy independence, advances biomass utilization, and supports forest health.
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