National Conservation Training Center
Location: Shepardstown, WV
Project: Provide Backup Power - Generator and Electrical Improvements
Project type: Recovery
Funding awarded: $1,468,865
This project will provide emergency backup power to the National Conservation Training Center.
Conservation / Restoration Goals
- Supply reliable ancillary power sources to FWS buildings
- Ensures reliable backup power to facilities during emergency outages
This project is one of many regionally planned electrical upgrades to facilities at National Wildlife Refuges and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stations. Hurricane Sandy and previous storms have knocked out power to headquarters, visitor centers, maintenance buildings, staff housing and supporting structures including garages and visitor restrooms. Outages have damaged sensitive electronic equipment, disabled heating and cooling and resulted in burst frozen water pipes. Equipping buildings with backup generators will enable them to weather outages more effectively and serve as resources for their communities for communications and emergency coordination efforts. In addition, stations equipped with photovoltaic solar panels will see their dependency on off-site power grids reduced or eliminated. Solar power systems will also reduce facilities' carbon footprints and save taxpayer dollars through reduced utility bills.
NCTC Recovery Project Map