Arctic Solar Ventures

Arctic Solar Ventures

picture of carpenters installing solar grids in Alaska

With over 1,600kW of operating grid-connected solar projects in Alaska, Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) is about to celebrate its fifth year in business.

Jackie Savina is the President of the company. “We saw the opportunity to bring solar to Alaska in 2015. At the same time, we discovered other Solar B Corporations, businesses that are certified for their social and environmental impacts, had formed a cooperative, Amicus Solar,” said Savina, “That set the stage for our identity as a company.

“Employing highly-skilled, trained, and professional union carpenters and building our product with top-level craftsmanship is essential to our company’s reputation,” she said. “Training specifically for solar, based on that foundation, makes for a strong core competency.”

Dan Caffroy, a 15-year member of LU 1281 enjoys the work. “It’s usually a small crew of about three carpenters,” said Caffroy, “and we do a wide variety of installations both residential and commercial.”

Alaska carpenters install solar panels at local home
Local 1281 Union carpenters install solar panels at an Alaskan home

In mid-summer, Anchorage gets about 20 hours of sunlight a day. The power produced by solar arrays is tied directly to the electrical grid and businesses and residents that have arrays enjoy credits from the utility when production exceeds use.

“This work is something different than I’ve ever done before I feel like I’m helping the environment.” Dan Caffroy, LU 1281

In 2019, ASV built a large rooftop array at the Egan Center in Anchorage (77kW) and residential arrays on over 100 homes. A favorite job of the crew was a project in Halibut Cove that required barging in both crew and materials.

“We are seeing an exciting partnership with Arctic Solar Ventures for 2020 and beyond,” said Joie Pugliese, Regional Council representative.

Jackie Savina concurred. “We will continue to work with the union,” she said. “Our team values continuity and our staff enjoy working with one another.”


Did You Know?

PNWRCC has many women in our crafts and leadership positions.

Margaret Ellings became the first woman initiated into the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in October 1935. The establishment of a women’s committee within the United Brotherhood of Carpenters is one of the most important developments in the union’s recent history. Visit ubcsisters.org

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