Over 25 years experience in energy, resource protection, project development, project management, and capacity building.
At DeerStone Consulting, we believe a combination of technology innovation, traditional knowledge, enlightened institutional policies, and sustainable business practices are all necessary for a healthy and shared future for all. This belief and vision results in a deep commitment to clean energy, sustainable community development, and respect for unique cultures around the world.
“Deerstone” is a term coined by anthropologists to describe both specific artifacts and ancient cultures from the Mongolian Steppes of northcentral Asia that carved images of deer into stones. Descendants of these and similar cultures still exist today, from Alaska and Canada to Asia and Africa, and still honor and depend on deer and their biological relatives, such as caribou, reindeer, moose, antelope, and other animals.
Continued survival of the peoples and animals of the north and around the globe, including every one of us, are now threatened by climate change, inefficient use and inequitable distribution of resources, and a lack of connection and understanding across cultures.
WHAT WE DO
- Grant writing
- Resource assessment
- Project management & implementation
- Project planning & design
- Project finance
- Community education, training, & outreach
- Strategic problem solving
- System integration
WHO WE WORK WITH
- Funders & donors
- Developing the largest wind-solar-battery-diesel microgrid project in Alaska, along with two similar hybrid systems in neighboring communities in the Northwest Arctic
- Systems modeling for a 10 MW solar PV feasibility study for the island of Lombok, Indonesia
- Repairing a wind-diesel hybrid system in Bristol Bay, Alaska
- Providing detailed technical energy assistance for regional institutions supporting over 125 remote communities across rural Alaska
- Securing funding for a deep energy retrofit and installation of a woody biomass boiler for an Alaska Native Tribal Council building
- Conducting research and analysis and writing an Energy Landscape and Opportunities Analysis for the Municipality of Anchorage
- Contributing to a report detailing a national strategy for remote renewable energy development for the country of Indonesia
- Participating in a 13 community regional economic development and cultural resource protection initiative for indigenous communities in the lower Yukon River region of Alaska
- Performing MW-scale feasibility studies for grid-tied solar and solar-battery options for the Port of Anchorage
- Troubleshooting a village-scale wind-diesel-electric heating hybrid system
Dr. Brian Hirsch is the President and Co-Founder of DeerStone Consulting LLC, a renewable energy consulting firm focused on microgrid, utility, and community development in remote locations, especially the Arctic and the Tropics, and energy efficiency and project finance. Founding DeerStone in May of 2015, he is currently working with regional organizations supporting over 125 remote indigenous communities across Alaska, as well as electric utilities, tribal and municipal governments, and investors and project developers. From 2009-2015 he was the Senior Project Leader for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Alaska initiative and projects globally. In that position Dr. Hirsch led project development teams to advance efficiency and renewable energy technologies in remote communities across Alaska, Canada, and Indonesia. He also chaired the Alaska Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee and led NREL’s engagement in the Fire Island Wind Project.
Hannah Gustafson is a lifelong Alaskan who has been involved in the environmental and clean energy field for the past 15 years. While attending the University of Alaska Anchorage she interned with the Alaska Energy Authority, traveling throughout rural Alaska installing wind monitoring towers as part of the state’s anemometer loan program. As Deputy Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) she organized numerous events and trainings including the annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair and Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference. She also spearheaded REAP’s Wind for Schools and Tour Green Programs. During her time at REAP she wrote and administered grants from private foundations, and state and federal entities. Currently she leads numerous community-based projects in Homer, Alaska and supports DeerStone’s financial management and community outreach efforts.
Peter Crimp is a consultant in energy project planning, development, and management. He works closely with DeerStone Consulting on several projects, including the Anchorage Energy Landscape and Opportunities Analysis report for the City of Anchorage, and proposal support on biomass and wind-diesel projects across Alaska. Other recent projects include teaming with Dalson Energy to assess feasibility and acquire construction funding for a $4.5 million biomass district heating system. and Information Insights to prepare economic analyses of Alaska Renewable Energy Grant applications and conduct energy planning in the Bristol Bay and Aleutian regions. Peter retired as Deputy Director of the Alaska Energy Authority in 2012.
PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Native Village & City of Buckland
Native Village & City of Deering, AK
Northwest Arctic Borough
Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN – National Electric Utility of Indonesia)
Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference
The Boardroom/Launch: Alaska
Ugashik Traditional Village
Unalakleet Valley Electric Cooperative
University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Center for Energy & Power
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Power Working Group (Indonesia)
Utility Management Assistance
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Arctic Solar Ventures
Bristol Bay Native Association
City of Anchorage
Denali Daniels & Associates
Intelligent Energy Systems
Ipnatchiaq Electric UtilityNative Village & City of Buckland
Kotzebue Electric Association
Lake and Peninsula Borough
Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (Indonesia)
Mountain Village (Asa’carsarmiut) Tribal Council
Mountain Village Corporation (Azachorok, Inc)
NANA Regional Corporation
National Park Service (Katmai National Park)
DeerStone Consulting is based in Anchorage, Alaska. Please contact us for more information.
601 W 5th Ave, 2nd Floor
Anchorage, AK 99501