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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Division of Interpretation and Resource Education

Greening the Canyon: Photovoltaic panels at Grand Canyon Visitor Center

In partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS), the local power company, a cutting edge interpretive and green energy project was completed. Seven photovoltaic panels were donated to the park for installation at Grand Canyon Visitor Center. These panels, which were activated in May 2009, produce up to 18 kilowatts of power. This will offset the electrical needs of the visitor center by approximately 30 percent.

Wayside exhibits outside the building and an interactive exhibit inside explain how the system works. This gives visitors an understanding of the park’s and APS’s commitment to renewable energy. Project funding was provided by APS.

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center (South Rim , with the photovoltaic solar panels in place. The photovoltaic system is producing about 30 percent of the power used by the visitor center. NPS photos

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