12 June 2013 Sunny Days in Alaska Posted by: Karla Dutton | 1 comment | Share: Karla Dutton, Alaska Program Director It has been a while since we moved Defenders’ Alaska office a block away to The Solar Building at 441 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage. The 1957 art deco building is aptly named for the recent installation of a full wall of 64 solar energy panels that make this one of only a few commercial buildings in Alaska powered in part by renewable energy, and the largest project for a commercial building in Anchorage. The panels are expected to supply 11,651 kilowatts per year — five to 10 percent of the five-story building’s electricity needs, said Marvin Kuentzel of Renewable Energy Systems, the Anchorage business that ordered the panels and installed them. Anchorage businessman and building owner Steve Zelener is pleased with the results and continues to remodel the building’s interior. In fact, he’s planning to install a ticker device so tenants and visitors can see how much energy the solar panels are generating. The dark blue squares on the left side of the building are the solar panels. Claire Colegrove, our Alaska Representative, and I really like our new office. It is bright, sunny and has high-efficiency lighting and heating – a huge improvement over our previous office space. Since Alaska and the Arctic are ground zero for climate change, we believe it is important to work in a building that uses energy sources with reduced emissions, which helps to fight the shifts in climate that are affecting our wildlife and environment. Other conservation-minded tenants share space in the building, and the owner hopes that these energy-saving retrofits will encourage still other progressive companies to lease space in the Solar Building. This past weekend, our building was featured in the Anchorage Solar Tour, sponsored by American Solar Energy Society, ACAT, REAP, ACE as the Solar Building at 441 W. 5th Avenue in 2012. One Response to “Sunny Days in Alaska” RS BORERI July 29th, 2013 Very Good, K Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Not-So-Easy Riders: House Bill is Chock-Full of Bad Wildlife Policy A new bill recently passed by Congress limits funding for natural resource & environment programs. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up A Home Run: Recap of This Week’s Mexican Wolf Hearings; 60,000 Defenders Members Tell Idaho BLM to Stop Proposed Predator Derby; Making In-Roads In Idaho Rising From the Deep Sharks are critically important to our ecosystem, but more work needs to be done to protect this vulnerable species.