A number of ski areas in the Northeastern U.S. are going solar, most notably Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, Mass., a resort that continues to distinguish itself as one of the “greenest” ski areas in the U.S. Its latest move is a partnership with the Massachusetts-based solar project developer and owner Nexamp to construct a 2.3 megawatt community solar facility. Jiminy has been widely lauded for being the first ski area in the U.S. to install a wind turbine in 2007.
Once completed, the solar facility will represent the largest community solar project in the Northeast.
Combined with Jiminy’s existing 1.5 megawatt wind turbine and a 75 kilowatt hour co-generation unit, the added solar generation will enable Jiminy Peak to offset 90 percent of its energy needs from renewable resources. The project is expected to come online in the late fall.
Local homeowners can also benefit on 15 percent savings on their electricity bills. As part of the program, participants will receive cash credits generated by Nexamp-owned solar projects applied directly on their existing electric bills. The company expects the program to be particularly attractive to homeowner not able to install a solar project on their own property.
Meanwhile in New York, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that three state-operated ski resorts are going solar. [Read more...]