The crane being used by Kodiak Electric to erect the wind turbines atop Pillar Mountain towers over Cannery Row. Photo by Jay Barrett
Kodiak residents need only look to
the top of Pillar
Mountain to see that
Kodiak Electric Association's wind power project is on track. A large crane was
installed about two weeks ago, and turbines were expected to arrive in Kodiak a
day ahead of schedule. KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
The highly visible crane has been in
place atop Pillar
Mountain for about two
weeks now. KEA president and CEO Darron Scott said full operation of the crane
began last week in preparation for installation of the wind turbines, which he
said will begin this week.
1 8 sec. "It was installed about ... you
can see it a good ways.")
crane, which has been lowered at night thus far in order not to interfere with
air traffic, will only be lowered on occasion once the wind turbines arrive and
installation begins, according to Scott. He said the work of transporting the
turbines up the mountain will begin as early as today (Monday) and that the
installation process is likely to take a few weeks.
2 12 sec. "At times it will be lowered
... install the units next week.")
Scott said KEA has
followed federal regulations in informing the Federal Aviation Administration
of the work being done. He said the FAA has issued a notice to
airmen or NOTAM, to alert pilots of any possible hazards.
3 10 sec. "We notify the FAA and they ... we
start to build those too.")
said that in addition to notifying the FAA of the work being conducted atop the
mountain, he would like to see curious, would-be onlookers limit their access to
the construction area as much as possible, though he understands people's obvious
interest in seeing the turbines for themselves.
4 24 sec. "We've got a lot of work going
... that's difficult for us.")
Scott said KEA is running
on schedule with the project, if not slightly ahead. He noted that the
predicted date for delivery of the turbines had been June 1st.
As of Friday, they were expected to arrive on Sunday, a day earlier than
originally anticipated. The components will arrive at the Lash dock in Women's
Bay and be transported to town down Rezanof Drive, to Mill Bay Road, to Von
Scheele Way and then down Selief Lane. From Selief Lane, they will head up the newly
upgraded road to the top of Pillar
Mountain. There will be
over 20 loads brought up the mountain.