Off-Grid Project

RMNP Trail Ridge Store

11,798 ft

System Elevation

123,090 lbs

Est. Annual CO2 Offset

Off-Grid

Project Type

RMNP, CO

Location

54.72 kW

System Size

11,798 ft

System Elevation

123,090 lbs

Est. Annual CO2 Offset

Off-Grid

Project Type

RMNP, CO

Location

54.72 kW

System Size

solar power system on Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Ridge Store

Independent Power Systems has officially installed the highest solar system in the United States!

IPS was commissioned by Xanterra to design and build an off-grid 55-kilowatt SunPower solar system with a 32-kilowatt (131-kilowatt hour) battery storage system to power the Trail Ridge Store at the top of Trail Ridge Road (the highest continuous paved road in the U.S.) in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Trail Ridge Store solar system is built to withstand the extreme weather of a tundra environment at an elevation of 11,798 feet and designed to provide close to 100 percent of the Trail Ridge Store’s electrical power needs. Excess solar energy produced by the solar power system is stored, processed, and delivered to the building by the IPS Power Conex. The Power Conex – an off-grid product unique to Independent Power Systems – is a customized twenty-foot shipping container that safely houses the inverters and batteries from the elements.

The goal for this system was to reduce dependence on the existing 125-kilowatt diesel generator that now only provides backup power as needed during prolonged low sun periods. It is estimated to save 5,500 gallons of fuel per season, allowing for a transition to radically reduced fuel dependence, operating costs, and emissions in Rocky Mountain National Park and.

This was a competitive bid win for IPS. As off-grid system specialists, we’re thrilled to have one of our systems in such a world-renowned park.

Xanterra Press Release on the Trail Ridge Store System

Xanterra Logo
Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Logo
National Park Service Logo
solar panels on Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Ridge Store solar power system with snow on mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park in background
Large solar array on top of Trail Ridge Store
solar array on topr of Trail Ridge Store overlooking mountain road with vehicles
solar installer working on Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Ridge Store solar power system
Roof of Trail Ridge store with solar modules and lightning arrestors
Large solar array in Rocky Mountain National park
three solar modules on wall of Trail Ridge Store
Solar Panel Display in Trail Ridge Store
Sun Xtender batteries connected in trailer
IPS solar installers wearing harnesses working on commercial solar system
interior of IPS Power Conex
rear of IPS Power Conex with inverters
Electrical equipment in trailer
electrical equipment in trailer
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