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Renewable Energy

KEC's Pure Power program is for KEC members interested in supporting local renewable energy projects. Participation is voluntary and helps offset the cost of new renewable energy development. Subscriptions are available for $2 per month. If you are interested in participating contact us at 208.765.1200. Pure Power is another way KEC is showing its commitment to community and the environment.

Check out KEC's Renewable Energy Production:

Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project 

KTEC Solar Array

 

Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project

KEC’s Fighting Creek Landfill Gas-to-Energy project was completed in 2012. This generation resource produces enough electricity to power approximately 1,800 homes from the methane gas produced by the decomposition of trash at the Kootenai County Solid Waste Facility.

It also produces what is known as “renewable energy credits.” Those credits can be sold to other utilities and industries who have a regulatory obligation to reduce their carbon footprint. This helps keep KEC costs low and our environment clean. Renewable energy credits can also be used in the voluntary market by individuals or corporations looking to reduce their impact as well.

The project was developed through a partnership with Kootenai County whereby KEC pays for the gas that is used by the generators. The revenue generated helps lower the County’s tax base, puts the methane gas (which was previously emitted into the air after being burned) to a more environmentally friendly use and provides KEC’s members with a low cost and stable source of power for the next 20 years. The facility, which cost just under $7 million to build, was financed by the issuance of low interest Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.

Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project Fact Sheet

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Kootenai Technical Education Campus

In 2012, KEC was awarded a grant from the Rural Energy for America Program to help fund a renewable energy project using solar panels on the Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC). Construction of the 4.3 kW solar array was complete in early 2013.

KEC is the owner-operator of the project but the partnership gives KTEC the ability to use the equipment and energy production data as a learning tool in their curriculum. KTEC is a partnership between local school districts for the purpose of enhancing Professional/Technical Education opportunities in Kootenai County.

"Educating KEC members and the community on renewable energy reaffirms our commitment to community and empowers local youth," said Don Crawford, KEC Energy Services Program Administrator.

 

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