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 Xanterra Installing One of the Largest Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems
in the Country at the The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort,
Death Valley National Park;
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Expected to Produce Two million Kilowatt-hours per year of Clean Renewable Energy

DENVER, November 13, 2007 – Xanterra Parks & Resorts (www.xanterra.com) has announced it will install one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in the country – and the largest system in the U.S. tourism industry – in Death Valley National Park, the sunniest place in the country. The one megawatt (MW) system will harness the sun’s energy to generate more than one-third of the annual electricity needs for Xanterra’s operations there, comprised of the Furnace Creek Inn, Ranch and golf course and employee offices and housing.

Xanterra’s system in Death Valley will be one of the largest privately owned PV energy systems in the country, and easily the largest in the U.S tourism industry. Xanterra, the country’s leading national and state park concessioner, will fully own the system and the energy it produces.

Over the next 30 years, Xanterra’s PV system will eliminate the emission of more than 284,000 tons of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, primary contributors to global warming, acid rain and smog. This is equal to planting more than 54,200 trees and removing more than 3,700 cars from California’s highways.

“This installation will result in significant benefits for the environment,” said Andrew N. Todd, president and CEO of Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “The sunny skies of Death Valley will make this system create a tremendous amount of energy while reducing greenhouse gases. With this single development, we will exceed President Bush’s new executive order – ‘Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management’ – that calls for a three percent annual reduction of energy intensity or a total 30 percent reduction by the end of fiscal year 2015 relative to fiscal year 2003. And, obviously, reducing the amount of energy we purchase will reduce our operating costs.”
          
Xanterra has contracted with SPG Solar Inc. of Novato, Calif. for the installation. SPG Solar has installed more than 500 commercial and residential PV systems tied to electric grids. 
          
The company expects the system to be completed and operational by March 2008. The 1 MW system will produce more than two million kilowatt-hours per year of clean renewable energy – enough to power more than 400 average-sized American homes – and will require virtually no maintenance.
          
“There is no more critical environmental issue in corporate America today than weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels to reduce associated greenhouse gas pollution and promote energy independence,” said Chris Lane, vice president of environmental affairs for Xanterra. “This system, larger than six football fields, will be one of the most salient examples of Xanterra’s commitment to environmental protection.” Company-wide since 2000, Xanterra has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent through efficiency and conservation measures. This new solar PV system will help the company exceed a 20 percent gross reduction in greenhouse gases. 
          
In addition to Death Valley National Park, Xanterra operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions in national and state parks and resorts throughout the country including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Crater Lake National Parks. 
         
Xanterra has become recognized as an environmental leader in the hospitality industry. The company has already exceeded its reduction target in greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions through a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and its Climate Saver program; received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification twice; published the first national park hospitality Sustainability Report; published and implemented its own Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction of buildings in national parks; received the ISO 14001 International Environmental Management System Standard Certification for all of its national park operations; and developed many other tourism industry leading standards. 
     
Xanterra also has created its “2015 Environmental Vision” with ambitious company-wide goals of decreasing fossil fuel usage by 30 percent (baseline year 2000), increasing usage of renewable energy to provide seven percent of total electricity consumed, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent (baseline year 2000), diverting from landfill 50 percent of all solid waste generated, increasing purchases of sustainable food items to 50 percent of all food expenditures, achieving CAFÉ (corporate average fuel economy) standard of 35 miles per gallon (EPA rated combined city and highway) for all passenger vehicles (under 10 persons) purchased annually, generating zero hazardous waste and decreasing water usage by 25 percent (baseline year 2003).    

The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort (www.furnacecreekresort.com) in Death Valley National Park has been welcoming guests since the 1930s. The Furnace Creek Inn is a AAA Four Diamond-rated property featuring 66 rooms and two suites with a full array of amenities, fine dining, tennis courts and a spring-fed pool. Situated adjacent to the golf course, the Ranch features 224 rooms in a casual setting. 

Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. and Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.) operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone, the North Rim of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.; Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and eight Ohio State Parks. Its affiliate Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. operates concessions at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Xanterra operates the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.

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Contact:

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, Co 80111
www.xanterra.com
 
Mona Mesereau
 (1) 720-842-5271
mona_mesereau@msn.com
 

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Also See: Marriott Residence Inn of West Orange, NJ Locks in Cost of a Portion of Electric Needs for Next Thirty Years, Helps Combat Global Warming by Installing a Solar Electric System / January 2007
Mauna Lani Resort's Deployment of Renewable Solar Energy is Environmentally Sound and Cost Effective / Jan 2002
Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes Xanterra as a Top Environmental Performer for Voluntarily Going Beyond Compliance with Environmental Regulations / May 2006
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