December 1, 2023

Six Flags Leisure Corp., one of many largest theme park and waterpark homeowners on the earth, has damaged floor on a brand new photo voltaic carport and power storage system at its Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia.

The corporate, which is predicated in Arlington, Texas, mentioned the solar energy challenge will offset 100% of Magic Mountain’s power utilization and would be the largest single-site business renewable power challenge within the state.

Development on the photo voltaic community formally started at some point earlier than Six Flags introduced it would merge with Cedar Truthful LP, proprietor of Buena Park’s Knotts Berry Farm, in an $8 billion deal.

Six Flags was based in 1961 and bought Magic Mountain in 1979. The photo voltaic carport can be 637,000-square-feet and comprise about 3,544 company parking spots, with about 30 electrical car charging areas. The 12.37-megawatt carport will produce 20.8 million kilowatt hours of power yearly, equal to the power demand of two,874 properties.

“We’re thrilled to be breaking floor on this monumental challenge and taking the following step in direction of a cleaner, inexperienced future,” Jeff Harris, interim park president of Magic Mountain, mentioned in a press release. “We’re persevering with to make developments in direction of enhancing and defending the setting, and are honored to be business leaders, paving the best way for different theme park corporations around the globe.”

Six Flags is partnering with photo voltaic and renewable power consultants at DSD Renewables and Glendale-based Photo voltaic Optimum, in addition to utility firm Southern California Edison and the workplace of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

The carport can be constructed over the primary visitor parking zone and group member parking zone. Six Flags mentioned will probably be the third photo voltaic set up by the corporate and the biggest photo voltaic challenge allotted towards a for-profit group within the U.S. The corporate presently has photo voltaic installations at its Discovery Kingdom property in Vallejo and its Nice Journey property in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

A Six Flags spokesperson expects the photo voltaic challenge to be accomplished within the spring and mentioned that its take care of Cedar Truthful, which is predicated in Ohio, is anticipated to shut within the first half of subsequent yr. The mixed firm will function underneath Six Flags’ title and can commerce underneath Cedar Truthful’s inventory title, “FUN,” on the New York Inventory Alternate. The mixed firm will function 27 amusement parks, 15 water parks and 9 resort properties. No park closures have been introduced.

Cedar Truthful Chief Govt Richard Zimmerman will function chief govt of the brand new firm and Selim Bassoul, Six Flags’ chief govt, will step in as govt chairman of the board.

“The mix of Six Flags and Cedar Truthful will redefine our company’ amusement park expertise as we mix the perfect of each corporations,” Bassoul mentioned in a press release. “By combining our operational fashions and know-how platforms, we anticipate to speed up our transformation actions and unlock new potential for our parks.”