With great excitement, Snowbird introduces Snowbird Power Systems™: a network of facilities that allow the resort to meet up to 100% of its power needs efficiently. The majority of this system is comprised of a new cogeneration facility, set to open in late June. This replaces an older cogeneration system installed in 1987, making Snowbird the only ski resort in North America and the third in the world to have such a facility.
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Snowbird worked with Caterpillar Inc. and Wheeler Power Systems, a Division of Wheeler Machinery Co., to complete the project, using a new 5.3-megawatt cogeneration system anchored by three Caterpillar gas generator sets to operate. The new Snowbird Power Systems facility will allow Snowbird to make its own power and then recycle the waste heat created from power production to warm its buildings and water rather than use new energy sources.
“The creation of Snowbird Power Systems means we have not only updated our stand-alone power grid, ensuring we can be self-reliant, but we have also reinforced Snowbird’s Play Forever corporate responsibility commitment to the environment by becoming more efficient. Snowbird Power Systems allows us to save 62,000 dekatherms of natural gas a year—the equivalent of removing the carbon dioxide emissions from burning over 4 million pounds of coal.”
– Snowbird President and General Manager Dave Fields
Snowbird is an awarded industry environmental leader, recently receiving the Gold RCI Green Award for its sustainable hospitality practices, as well as being named one of “America’s 10 Most Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts” by Outside Online. Other successful Play Forever initiatives include a glass recycling program, a new composting program, extensive work to protect the Little Cottonwood Canyon watershed, and its Buy A Pass, Plant a Tree program.
A ribbon-cutting event for the Snowbird Power System facility will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021, featuring speeches by key stakeholders, facility tours, and light refreshments.
To learn more about Snowbird Power Systems, visit: https://www.snowbird.com/sps/