Squaw Valley Resort Will Run On 100 Renewable Energy

first_imgStay on target California has set the lofty goal of getting half its power from renewable sources by the year 2030. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows wants to get to the finish line a whole lot faster than that.With a little help from their friends at Liberty Utilities, the mountain resort hopes to be powering its entire operation with clean, renewable energy as soon as the end of this year. If everything goes to plan, Alpine Meadows will be the first ski resort in the U.S. to be able to make that claim.They’ll also complete their transition almost three decades sooner than California wants everything in the state powered by renewable energy. That’s slated for 2045.As of right now, about a quarter of Liberty Utilities’ power comes from renewables. 50 megawatts of that capacity is produced by a recently-completed solar project. Most of the new electricity that’s produced and supplied to Alpine Meadows will come from additional solar projects, but natural gas will also play a role.When the work is done and Alpine Meadows hits the 100% mark, they’ll have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50% — from 13,078 metric tons to just 6,682 metric tons. That’s a big win, and one that Liberty Utilities 49,000-plus other customers will also get to enjoy.In the resort’s press release they mention the site as a suitable location for a battery-based energy storage system. The system would store the excess power that’s produced and be able to supply electricity to the surrounding community in the event of an emergency.This is just the latest way that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is looking to reduce its environmental impact. The resort has hosted several carbon-neutral and zero-waste events in the paste. They’ve also banned single-use water bottles and have a quartet of electric vehicle charging stations onsite available for customers who need to top off their batteries. Amazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030Dead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships by 2021 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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