When people talked about the solar coaster in the past it referred to the quickly changing in prices in the solar industry. Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey just changed that by announcing a giant new solar power array that will power its rides, including the newly announced Batman Coaster.
Last week the amusement park announced plans to build a 21.9 megawatt solar array, which would provide almost all of the amusement parks’ needs. The project will be the biggest in New Jersey to date and likely the biggest in the Northeast to date. It will be the first amusement park powered almost entirely by solar power in the U.S. if not the world. Certainly it will have the largest solar array at an amusement park in the U.S. for a while.
The new installation is expected to come online in the second half of 2016, according to sources. It will be located on the park, east of its safari adventure and the park will cut down roughly 18,000 trees to install the arrays. However, the company said the park will plant 25,000 trees over the next seven years.
The project will be developed by New Jersey’s KDC Solar, which has installed commercial solar projects across the state, including some of its largest projects like a 10 megawatt solar panel array at an Eli Lilly plant in New Jersey.
Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald said in a prepared statement that “We are continually searching for new ways to operate more efficiently and enhance our role as good stewards of the environment. Solar power will significantly reduce our reliance on harmful fossil fuels.”
The local township approved the deal on March 2, however, it only became public knowledge last week. Kenneth Bressi, a Jackson township councilman, said he the move shows that the company plans on being in the region for a long time. He also noted the potential energy savings the company is likely to realized through the solar array.
Solar had been on the wain in New Jersey, but last year lawmakers told the state’s utility commissioners to start moving forward on projects.Tweet