A man living in Anchorage worked for more than 10 years planning and building his own hydroelectric plant in his backyard, which now powers 300 of his neighbors’ homes.
We talk about the story of David Braleywho recently connected his state-of-the-art hydroelectric system which he was able to build in the garden of his house near Valley of Ramabove the Eagle River.
Indeed, the hydroelectric project called Juniper Creek began supplying electricity to homes in the area on July 24, which it did through a connection to the Matanuska Electrical Association.
One detail to keep in mind is that Brailey began planning this $1.7 million project over 10 years ago. His wife, Melanie Jangoand another couple are co-owners of this entire project and the land on which it was built.
It is a 300 kilowatt project located above a bush gorge just below Raina Peak. There, an 18-inch pipe is responsible for collecting water and dropping it for about a quarter of a mile, while through the underground part it is conveyed to the power plant which is managed by a computer and is responsible for power supply. to the power line.
To make the project happen, a spring that gushes from the side of the mountain also comes into play, helping to heat the water, which keeps the project running all year round. Also, a steep path that goes in zigzag is responsible for connecting the different structures.
During the peak of summer, the center Juniper Creek It is responsible for supplying energy to more than 300 homes, as Brailey himself has indicated. While at its lowest, during the month of May, it manages to supply energy to a total of 50 houses.
Here is what Brailey commented on it:I always had the idea of doing something about carbon emissions, something that I made it my life goal, to be able to do something for my children and for all the inhabitants of the planet for the future”.
As he pointed out, he expects the project to pay for itself in 15 years, which will produce electricity for several generations.
On the other hand, hydropower Juniper Creek he did not use any type of grants from federal or state agencies, although Brailey applied for them, which he considered rather “disappointing”, which is why the entire investment had to come from his own money.
This hydroelectric plant is responsible for providing a small fraction of the energy used by the Matanuska Electric Association, said Ed Jenkin, who is the chief operating officer.
In any case, it is a unique project because it was developed by a single person, who followed the whole project until it became a reality.