Array of PV panels at the Mesa Verde National Park.
Lightbulb illustrating 95%.

On-site renewable energy systems can provide 95% of building energy requirements, and park staff plan to achieve net zero energy operations in the future.

LocationMesa Verde, Colorado
System TypePhotovoltaic (PV), solar hot water, and micro-hydro turbine
System Size67-kW PV, two solar collectors (30 tubes each) with a 115-gal storage tank, 22-kW micro-hydro turbine
Installation Cost$14.3 million
Project Completion2012
Project Savings184,000 kWh/year (estimated)
Load Service AreaCuratorial facility and visitor center
Project ChampionsFrank Cope, Bethany Mills, William Nelligan, Scott Thomas, and Jodie Petersen
FEMP AssistanceDesign support, funding assistance, and system performance evaluation

Through efficiency and mechanical systems improvements, energy use at the park’s curatorial facility and visitor center is estimated to be 193,893 kWh/year (compared to 700,000 kWh/year for similar buildings).

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