First Theme Park on the West Coast Powered by Solar is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
VALLEJO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 30, 2019--
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 12 th 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.
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Government officials Congressman Mike Thompson, Vallejo City Mayor Bob Sampayan, plus Borrego Solar COO Mark Swanson, sPower Project Manager Nico Suazo, and Six Flags Marketing Director Kirk Smith officially “flipped the switch” to solar energy and kicked off the 12th annual Holiday in the Park by lighting the 65-foot Christmas tree at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. (Photo: Business Wire)
“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. “Our elves go all out to deck the largest halls, trim the tallest trees and turn millions of lights on extra bright to welcome our guests to the biggest and most immersive holiday celebration anywhere in the world. No one else but Six Flags could offer beautiful, falling snow on cue, scrumptious treats, dashing thrill rides, and the chance to make special memories with Santa and Bugs Bunny. A visit to Holiday in the Park is on everyone’s wish list this season.”
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Holiday in the Park is the highly anticipated, magical holiday tradition featuring extravagantly themed entertainment, tantalizing, festive food offerings and Six Flags’ signature collection of world-class roller coasters, rides and attractions.
New and time-honored Holiday in the Park offerings for 2019 include:
The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a Polar Coaster winter and on December 7, Six Flags parks across the country will celebrate the Polar Coaster Challenge. This quirky and frigid special event, named after the now common meteorological term for dramatically fluctuating temperatures, will challenge guests to ride Six Flags roller coasters in tank tops and shorts in colder cities like New Jersey and Chicago, or bundled up for winter in the warmer markets like Valencia and Vallejo, California.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom features more than 60 rides and attractions, including unique, up close and interactive animal experiences. Holiday in the Park is open weekends through January 2020 and is included with all active Memberships and Season Passes. For specific park hours and information, visit sixflags.com/discoverykingdom /.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
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. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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Headquartered in Salt Lake City, sPower is a leading independent power producer (IPP) that owns and operates more than 155 renewable generation systems across the U.S. We have a leading wind, solar and storage portfolio of more than 1.6 GW, with 15.0 GW of projects under development. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.
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About Borrego Solar
Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems Inc. is a leading engineer, developer, installer, financier and operator of commercial solar and energy storage systems in the United States with more than half a gigawatt of installations constructed and nearly 700 MW under management. Borrego Solar is a leading provider nationally with offices in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York. The company’s mission is to solve the world’s energy problems by accelerating the adoption of renewable energy. For more information, visit www.borregosolar.com.
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