Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Park City Mountain Resort to Install Wind, Solar Power

Park City, UT - Park City Mountain Resort has received town approval to build a wind turbine and solar array at the top of the ski area's Silverlode chairlift.

Park City Mountain Resort (photo: FTO/Marc Guido)
Construction will take place this summer to install the 38-foot vertical axis wind turbine and 400 square-foot solar array at the 9,244 elevation level on the mountain, adjacent to the Summit House restaurant. Both are expected to be operational by September 1. An informational kiosk will also be built to educate guests on alternative energy sources and the power produced by the installation.

The project is expected to cost approximately $60,000, with half of that paid for by renewable energy credits. Combined they are anticipated to produce around 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is only about one percent of the resort's energy needs.
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