Snowbird powers up.
Snowbird Power Systems is getting an upgrade with a new cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), facility. By rebuilding and relocating Snowbird's cogeneration facility, we can bring more efficient and reliable energy to the mountain.
The Previous Plant
Snowbird's original cogeneration plant started running in October of 1986 and is the only existing cogeneration facility at a ski resort in North America. The facility was acknowledged as a world-renowned engineering feat.
The cogeneration plant takes waste heat given off by electricity-producing engines and uses that heat to warm the building and water at The Cliff Lodge. The original cogeneration plant offsets the majority of the power needs for The Cliff Lodge along with the east village.
New & Improved
The new Snowbird Power Systems facility will cover nearly all of the energy needs of the entire resort including The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Center, The Aerial Tram and the other chairlifts.
Snowbird Power Systems will reduce Snowbird's dependency on the traditional electrical grid, meaning that Snowbird will be almost entirely energy independent, more efficient and coal free.
- Snowbird Power Systems can cover up to 100% of the resort's power needs
- The current plant has been relocated and built without sacrificing Snowbird parking spots, and out of the way of the guests' experience
- It is the most integrated project at Snowbird since The Summit on Hidden Peak
- The updated cogeneration faclity will include rooftop solar panels
- The new plant will greatly decrease Snowbird's coal dependency
- All of The Cliff Lodge's room and water heating needs will be met by recycling heat waste from the generators used by Snowbird Power Systems
- All engines, generators and other major components are American-made
By The Numbers
- Upgrading the facility has made it 60% more efficient electrically
- Snowbird Power Systems saves 62,000 dekatherms of natural gas a year - the equivalent of removing the emissions of 789 passenger vehicles for one year
- The new facility will be 8,700 square feet