Energy Efficiency, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - February 20, 2018
Six Flags expanding solar power
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation announced on Feb. 20 an initiative to power two of its theme parks in California almost entirely with solar power. Plans call for the system at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo to exceed 7 megawatts of electricity generated, while Six Flags Magic Mountain, near Los Angeles, will have capacity for nearly 15 megawatts and will be the largest solar carport in North America.
"We are committed to making all of our properties more energy efficient and sustainable for years to come," said Steve Purtell, Six Flags senior vice president, investor relations and treasurer, in a statement. "California’s support of renewable energy, the solar potential in the state, and the environmental benefits associated with solar energy made this the right decision for our guests, our team members, and our communities."
The company reported that in addition to generating a large percentage of the parks’ electricity, the solar carport structures provide a number of enhancements to the guest experience, including covered parking for the majority of parking spaces, integrated EV charging stations, increased security through new closed-circuit cameras, and enhanced parking lot surfaces.
Six Flags recently announced that construction will soon begin on a solar energy project at their Great Adventure park in Jackson, New Jersey. In addition to these three projects, the company reported that it is investigating other opportunities at more parks across its North America portfolio.