Wood is leading efforts to determine if the United States National Park Service (NPS) can reduce its energy costs and carbon footprint by switching to solar-powered microgrid solutions at four remote locations within the rugged, high desert terrain of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona and Utah.
The project will address the extremely high summer seasonal energy usage and costs at four popular areas in the park: Bullfrog, Hite, Halls Crossing, and Dangling Rope. Three are powered entirely by diesel generators, while the fourth has a photovoltaic system that’s supplemented by diesel power generation.
Lytle Troutt, President of Wood’s environmental consulting business said: “Our team will be evaluating different options to determine the best fit and design to not only reduce costs and improve energy efficiency, but also enhance safety by reducing the current risks NPS faces from hauling, off-loading and storing diesel fuel. Microgrids have an essential role to play in the energy transition and the reduction of greenhouse gases, and this is especially true in remote areas and isolated communities that are off-the-grid.”
Troutt added, “Wood’s strategic focus to advance microgrid solutions for reliable and sustainable clean energy has enabled us to successfully partner with clients from the Arctic Circle to remote areas across the United States and we look forward to doing the same at Glen Canyon.”
As a leading provider of energy conservation services to government and private clients, Wood has a long history of energy efficiency advisory and helping reduce operating costs. This project furthers a long-standing relationship with NPS where Wood has delivered energy audit services at 195 NPS sites across the United States.
Comprising more than 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon is located in northern Arizona and southeastern Utah and is home to the second largest man-made lake in the US. It shares borders with the Grand Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and its southern boundary runs contiguous to the Navajo Nation’s land for nearly 500 miles. The park also adjoins 9.3 million acres of additional federal lands administered by the United States Bureau of Land Management.