Arizona Public Service (APS) says that 84 photovoltaic solar panels are now operational on and around the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, providing the building with approximately 18 kW of electricity. The panels provide enough energy to offset 30% of the Visitor Center's electricity use.
‘This project is symbolic of the commitment we have at APS to environmental protection, sustainability and making Arizona the solar capital of the world,’ says Don Robinson, APS president and chief operating officer. ‘We selected the Grand Canyon for this project because of the opportunity that exists there to educate so many people from around the world about renewable energy.’
Located on both the Visitor Center's roof and ground-mounted platforms adjacent to the building, the panels will be seen by the more than 4.5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year. Funding for the panels and their installation came from APS customers through APS' Green Rates and the Arizona Corporation Commission's Renewable Energy Standard.
SOURCE: Arizona Public Service