Rock Lodge is off-the-grid, meaning there is no power
available from the electrical utility. Since 1989, Black
Rock Lodge has been producing electricity with clean
energy, through both solar and hydro power. It is a
pleasure and a privilege to be able to operate all of
Black Rock Lodge with electricity generated by non-polluting,
the first decade, electricity was exclusively generated
by an array of solar panels. The system was small, and
electricity use at the lodge was very limited.
April of 1999, a hydropower system was completed to
compliment the electricity generated by solar power.
This hydroelectricity works by capturing water from
a natural spring located approximately 600 feet above
the lodge. Some of the spring water is piped down the
mountain, gathering pressure due to gravitational forces,
and then spinning a small turbine which converts this
water pressure into electricity.
from both the solar (about 10% of supply) and hydro
(about 90% of supply) sources is stored in a large battery
bank, and that power is inverted to 120 volts AC and
sent to our cabins and buildings. The power created
by our alternative energy system is the same as that
used in any American home.
this system is extremely effective, we still must conserve
power at Black Rock Lodge as it is in limited supply.
Through constant monitoring of our energy system, we
eliminate power use when it is not necessary.
help us conserve power by not using power hungry appliances,
and by remembering to turn off provided fans and lights
before leaving your cabin.
are, of course, very happy to give any of our guests
a tour of the energy system upon request.