Located in Southwest Alaska, Igiugig is an Indigenous community of 69 people. The Kvichak River, which runs through the village to the nearby lake, provides the community with salmon and, since 2014, electricity. CIMA+’s partner, ORPC, provided a hydrokinetic turbine which helped reduce the community’s diesel consumption with a long-term vision of being 100% self-sufficient using only renewable energy.
CIMA+ is involved in the second phase of this project, which is supported by the American Department of Energy (DoE). This second phase consists of adding a second hydrokinetic system, a battery storage system and a microgrid controller in order to efficiently manage the system and optimize the use of renewable energy.