After years of running solely on generator power, high fuel prices, generator failures, and soaring operation and maintenance costs became too burdensome to handle. The ranch transitioned to a modest off-grid solar system in 2006 with the goal of supporting a load for only ranch workers. Further development at the ranch and its transition from cattle ranch to also being a dude ranch saw a steady increase in consumption over the years. By 2016, the property’s electrical requirements had vastly outgrown the original power system
In 2016, NewGrid revitalized the electrical room, generators, and switchgear, upgraded the battery bank, and expanded solar capacity. Another round of upgrades in 2020 added new power processing equipment and tripled the solar array size. The new power system supports a load of 200kWh per day without use of a generator, 10X what it was in 2006. The property currently has a lodge with a commercial kitchen that accommodates 12 guests with 4 additional outbuildings each with their own air conditioning unit. NewGrid’s strategic interventions align with the continuous growth at Off-Grid power system sites, focusing on building a foundation for evolving energy requirements while aligning with ownership’s long-term vision for property development, fostering contentment across short, medium, and long-term perspectives.
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