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Employee housing in Hungry Horse goes green

| December 13, 2023 2:00 AM

The Glacier National Park Conservancy’s employee housing in Hungry Horse is going green.

Everybody Solar, an innovative leader in solar energy solutions, has once again partnered with the Conservancy, marking their third collaborative project. 

This latest venture, significantly bolstered by the support of Citizen Watch US, through 1% for the Planet, brings to life a pioneering solar array installation that promises to revolutionize the way the Conservancy operates and supports its seasonal workforce. Celebrating over a decade of expertise in serving nonprofits with solar energy, Everybody Solar is at the forefront of demonstrating the powerful impact of sustainable practices in preserving natural treasures like Glacier National Park. 

The latest solar venture, featuring a 12.09 kilowatt solar array at the Beta Road House in Hungry Horse promises to significantly reduce operational costs by offsetting 76% of the residence’s energy consumption. The addition of an electric vehicle charging station underscores a leap towards sustainable transportation for park staff. 

“We are thrilled to play a pivotal role in transforming the living standards of the Glacier National Park Conservancy’s seasonal workforce. By integrating sustainable, green energy into their housing, we are setting a new benchmark for affordability and ecological responsibility. The installation of our inaugural car charging port is a landmark achievement, heralding a new era where park staff can commute using clean energy,” Myriam Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar said.

“I’m so proud of this project,” said Doug Mitchell, Executive Director of the Conservancy. “True to its mission, Everybody Solar has, in this one small project, made real change happen … The installation of solar at our workforce housing unit will permanently reduce our carbon footprint, and in so doing save critical resources that can be redirected to ensuring our ability to provide affordable housing to my co-workers and providing direct grant support to Glacier National Park.” 

Previous collaborations with Everybody Solar and the conservancy have set a strong foundation, with solar installations at Glacier National Park’s headquarters and the Grizzly Point comfort station on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. 

For more information about the project and future initiatives, please visit: www.everybodysolar.org