Six Flags Great Adventure, the theme park in Jackson, NJ, has announced that the 23.5-megawatt solar project built on its site and operated by KDC Solar is complete and the “World’s Ultimate Thrill Park” is now almost fully powered by solar energy. The project ranks as New Jersey’s largest net metered solar project and distinguishes Six Flags Great Adventure as one of the world’s first solar-powered theme parks.
“This is a thrilling day for our company. This project represents a giant step toward becoming a net-zero carbon facility,” said Six Flags Great Adventure Park President, John Winkler. “Clean energy is right for the environment and our future, and we look forward to decades of environmental stewardship with our partner, KDC Solar.”
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 New Jersey theme park recycles more than 60% 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 hand dryers and is committed to other energy-saving programs.
“Six Flags demonstrated its unwavering commitment to clean, solar power by its steadfast partnership with us throughout this process,” said President and CEO of KDC Solar, Alan Epstein. “This groundbreaking project perfectly aligns with both Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Senate and Assembly’s support of renewable solar energy. We look forward to a long, continued partnership with Six Flags Great Adventure.”
In operation for nearly 60 years, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.