The project will be the largest single-site commercial renewable energy project in California and largest solar project allocated to a for-profit organisation in the United States.
The project will consist of a 12.37-megawatt solar carport built over the main guest parking lot and a battery storage system producing 1.958 megawatts of power with 7,886.3 kilowatt hours of capacity that can be deployed daily.
It will generate 20.8 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, which is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 2,874 homes and 1.79 million smartphones charged. This will displace greenhouse gas emissions each year comparable to 34,194 barrels of oil consumed and will recycle 5,110 tons of waste rather than putting that into landfill.
The project will enable the theme park to offset 100 percent of its energy usage with solar power.
“Here in California, innovation and climate action go hand-in-hand – our success as America’s economic powerhouse and the world’s fourth largest economy is built on our ambitious transition to a cleaner, greener future” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Six Flags’ commitment to clean energy is the type of work that will power our future and ensure our kids have a healthy planet to call home.”
In addition to the Six Flags Magic Mountain installation, two additional parks - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California and Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey - have also developed on-site solar capabilities with over 30 megawatts of fully-operational solar power systems installed. These three sites will rank as the largest volume of onsite Solar PV systems for any US organisation, with a combined total of 42.37 megawatts.
“This is a thrilling day for Six Flags as we advance our commitment to environmental stewardship, substantially increasing solar power generation capacity at our parks” said Jason Freeman, Six Flags Vice President of Operations, Public Safety, Engineering & Maintenance. “Six Flags has placed a high priority on efforts to improve and protect the environment, leading the way for theme park companies around the world and capturing the attention of other private organisations that also have the power to drive solar projects. By partnering with experts like Solar Optimum and DSD Renewables, we can continue to improve our environmental programs with additional waste, water and energy reduction targets and initiatives.”
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