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 Mayor Bob Sampayan, who flipped the giant, ceremonial switch, officially flipping the park to solar energy, and turning on millions of twinkling lights to the delight of everyone in attendance.
Moving forward, 80% of the park’s energy usage will be powered by 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 Senior Vice President of US Park Operations Tom Iven.
Key facts about the solar installation
- 7.5 megawatt solar carport built over the main guest parking lot;
- Producing 11.9 million kilowatt hours of energy annually;
- Will offset 8,400 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year, which is the same as taking 1,800 cars off the road;
- The park will be able to offset 80% of its energy usage with solar power;
- Over 360 individuals were employed in association with the construction of the project;
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the first theme park on the West Coast powered by solar energy; and
- The park will be home to one of the largest solar carport installations in the country.
— Solar Builder magazine