Friday, March 13, 2009

Grand Canyon Goes Green

An 18 kilowatt PV system has been installed at the Grand Canyon visitors center.

The 84 panels are on the roof and grounds around the center. 

It provides about 30% of the electricity needs and a chance to educate the public about solar. The Grand Canyon attracts 4.5 million people each year. 

“Visitors to Arizona’s most recognizable feature, the Grand Canyon, will now have the opportunity to enjoy the state's second most recognizable feature, sunshine,” said Barbara Lockwood, Renewable Energy Manager at Arizona Public Service. “The value of this system goes beyond the economic savings realized at the center. It is an educational tool as well as a way to increase Arizona’s visibility as a leader in solar energy.”

The center is planing a solar energy education exhibit with real-time monitoring of the amount of energy the system is producing.

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