Grand Canyon West to Reduce Diesel Consumption

Published by The Bee News

October 12, 2022

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GRAND CANYON WEST (October 11, 2022) – The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, under the advisement of the Hualapai Tribe, is proud to announce the creation of an innovative self-contained and sustainable power system. Following a groundbreaking today, a six-month construction process will begin that will augment the existing diesel-energized power grid with clean, renewable solar energy to serve Grand Canyon West. This project is funded in part by a Department of Energy grant, a Freeport McMoRan grant and Hualapai funds, that include revenue from Grand Canyon West. 

The tribe will be utilizing a 3.7 acre site to construct the 885-kW solar field and 750-kW/2,145kWhr battery storage system created by Solon and Tesla to interface with the existing Caterpillar generators. With these additions, the Grand Canyon West solar array will be providing some 1,800 MWhrs per year of clean solar energy, saving approximately $450,000 per year and over $11 million dollars over the 25-year life of the system in diesel fuel costs on top of significantly reducing air emissions from burning fossil fuels. 

This project is extremely unique as Grand Canyon West is not connected to any regional power grid. The micro-grid currently powers the following locations at Grand Canyon West: Airport Terminals & original Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Facility (ARFFF), Eagle Point Skywalk, Guano Point Café, Hualapai Point, Maintenance Facility, Employee Housing and the Police Station and Firehouse on Diamond Bar Road. 

“This initiative is extremely important to the Hualapai Tribe as it allows us cost savings for other important missions and gives back in a sustainable way to the land that our tribe has been entrusted with for thousands of years,” said Melissa Havatone, Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Interim CEO 

This newly enhanced dual powered grid will also better ensure that the visitor’s experience at Grand Canyon West will never be interrupted by power service issues. We look forward to this first step in moving towards a more sustainable power infrastructure system within the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation.

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