Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the “Thrill Capital” of Northern California, in partnership with sPower and Borrego Solar Systems, made the official switch to solar power at a special event to kick off the park’s 12th annual Holiday in the Park, the first to be powered by renewable energy.
The event included remarks by Congressman Mike Thompson and Vallejo, California Mayor Bob Sampayan, who flipped the giant, ceremonial switch, officially switching the park to solar energy, and turning on millions of twinkling lights. A 7.5-MW solar carport system will account for 80% of the park’s energy usage. The park is now home to one of the largest solar carport installations in the country.
“We are thrilled to be introducing the nation’s first solar-powered Holiday in the Park events. The marvelous wonder of this special time of year truly comes alive in our parks with a smorgasbord of seasonal delights to see and experience,” said Tom Iven, senior VP of U.S. park operations for Six Flags.
Key facts about the solar installation include:
- 7.5 MW solar carport built over the main guest parking lot.
- Producing 11.9 million kWh of energy annually.
- The park will be able to offset 80% of its energy usage with solar power.
- Over 360 individuals were employed during the construction of the project.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom features more than 60 rides and attractions.
News item from Six Flags Entertainment Corporation