The native-American Hualapai Tribe has issued an RFP for a renewable energy electric utility for their isolated 9,000 acre tourism enterprise, Grand Canyon West (GCW). The Hualapai Tribe has received a $2 million grant from the USDA Rural Utilities Service to build electric generation and distribution infrastructure at GCW. The solar hybrid power system will initially be sized at 250 kW with expansion to 2 MW anticipated. Innovative technology is anticipated to meet overnight and cloudy day loads.
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This seems like a very good use of renewable energy technology at this time. Whether a grant to pay for the whole project is justified is another question. Certainly some subsidy is justified as it would not be possible to get power from a utility at this location and building your own utility is prohibitively expensive on this small scale. I think this is a better use for taxpayers money than many other causes.