Six Flags Entertainment, the company that operates Frontier City amusement park in Oklahoma City has made a major move toward solar power.
The company announced that its World’s Ultimate Thrill Park located in Jackson, New Jersey is nearly fully-powered by solar energy. It is the state’s largest net metered solar project and one of the world’s first solar-powered theme parks.
Six Flags partnered with KDC Solar to build the 23.5 metawatt solar project.
Key features of the solar project include:
- 11 MW of solar carports over three sprawling parking lots;
- 12.5 MW on 40 acres of ground-mounted solar panels;
- Net metering system that allows Six Flags to generate its own clean energy and export power into the grid to serve nearby homes and businesses;
- Dramatic reduction of the park’s reliance on harmful fossil fuels;
- Preservation of more than 200 acres of forest, wetlands and wetlands transition areas; and
- Utilization of more than 99,000 hours of union labor by KDC Solar in constructing this project.
The Jackson theme park recycles more than 60 percent of its annual waste, including manure, paper, plastic, wood and mixed garbage. In addition, it has been converting to recycled furniture products, such as tables and park benches comprised of recycled plastic. The theme park eliminated the use of paper towels in favor of energy-efficient hand dryers and is firmly committed to other energy-saving programs.