From its natural gas shuttle buses to a robust recycling program, Grand Canyon National Park has been hard at work in recent years adopting “green” business practices. The latest bright idea has the park turning to the sun for a helping hand. In partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS), Grand Canyon National Park has installed eighty-four photovoltaic solar panels at the Visitor Center at Canyon View Information Plaza.
A recent ceremony marked the new initiative which will offset thirty percent of the facility’s power needs indefinitely, and double as a springboard to discuss energy efficiency with park visitors and staff (the latter achieved through interpretive wayside exhibits and assorted literature).
The sun was not on the guest list but crashed the party with crowd-wilting temperatures that sent attendees scrambling for shade and refreshments following speeches by Superintendent Steve Martin, APS President and Chief Executive Officer Don Robinson.