The 100-acre amusement park, California’s Great America, is going to cover all of its electricity needs with wind energy through the Santa Clara Green Power program by Silicon Valley Power (SVP).
With the realization of its plan, the theme park will need to purchase 12,810 MWhs of wind power per year, making it one of the biggest purchasers of renewable energy under the Santa Clara Green Power program. This amount of annual purchase is said to be equivalent to the output of four large-scale wind turbines. This means that the park will be able to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Commenting on the park’s commitment to using 100% wind energy, SVP division manager Larry Owens said:
“We are thrilled about Great America’s participation in Santa Clara Green Power. Their renewable energy commitment will place them among the top echelon of Silicon Valley’s environmental leaders and make it the first Northern California amusement park of its kind to choose 100 percent renewable energy.”
Vice president and general manager of the park, Raul Rehnborg, also stated that such a commitment is a huge step for Great America in strengthening the community where it operates. He said:
“It is important for us to reduce our carbon footprint and join the growing number of local businesses that embrace the importance of renewable energy.”
Now, the theme park will add to the increasing number of large businesses and institutions in the city that support clean energy. In addition, there are also a huge number of small businesses and households that have committed to purchasing power through the SVP program.