Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) May 26, 2011
White Stallion Ranch, a dude ranch 17 miles Northwest of Tucson, has installed a 117 KWH solar system in 3 components. This makes it the largest, private/onsite use solar installation in Southern Arizona.
The Ranch has been owned by the True Family since 1965 and is currently owned and operated by brothers Russell and Michael True, who grew up on the ranch. Russell’s two sons (3rd generation) Steven and David are away at college and planning on returning to continue the family legacy.
This solar system came with a total cost of just under $600,000. Approximately ½ of the cost was covered by Tucson Electric Power. Federal and State tax incentives will make up most of the rest over the next 3 to 3 ½ years.
The solar system will provide 30-40% of the ranch’s electricity usage. This will be a savings of $20,000 annually.
Solar Path LLC of Tucson, AZ did the financial analysis, engineering, planning and construction of this project. Work began in early January with utility and county approval allowing generation to begin in late March/early April. The 3 components of the overall system came on line at different times.
Since inception the entire system has generated 20,650 KWH and removed 42,000lbs of CO2 which is equivalent to taking 42 cars off of the road.
White Stallion Ranch took this big step and significant investment for several reasons:
1. When viewed long term, utility participation, investment, and government incentives make this feasible.
2. White Stallion guests, many of whom are international in origin, care about sustainable energy. Given the weather in Arizona, solar is in particular focus for them.
3. White Stallion Ranch believes strongly that solar energy is consistent with the ranches ethics of self reliance and sustainability. The dude ranch experience is centered around the land, generally in beautiful unspoiled parts of the US. Dude ranches are by definition stewards of the land.
4. White Stallion Ranch believes this new solar system is just the beginning of a total energy re-evaluation, with the hopes more projects will follow soon.