Solar array designed for Rocky Mountain National Park’s weather

Solar array designed for Rocky Mountain National Park’s weather

  01 Sep 2018

The company that runs the Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park, Xanterra Travel Collection, installed a solar array on the building that sits at 11,789 feet to provide renewable power for the store. Built to withstand extreme weather conditions, the solar panels were placed on facilities in four national parks.

Xanterra Travel Collection, Reporter-Herald

The company that runs the Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park, Xanterra Travel Collection, installed a solar array on the building that sits at 11,789 feet to provide renewable power for the store. Built to withstand extreme weather conditions, the solar panels were placed on facilities in four national parks.

A solar array on the roof of the Trail Ridge Store was specially designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions seen on the road above treeline in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Trail Ridge Road — which crosses the Continental Divide as it connects Estes Park and Grand Lake, reaches 12,187 feet, includes 11 miles above treeline and climbs 4,000 feet in mere minutes — experiences up to 20 feet of snow in the winter and is known for its crazy, changing weather.

And now, at 11,798 feet, where the store is open typically from Memorial Day to Columbus Day because of weather, a solar array captures the power of the sun.

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