California Six Flags Parks Announces Solar Energy Projects

Photo Credit: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Solar Generated Electricity Coming to More Six Flags Parks

Massive Initiative Part of Company’s Goal to Reduce Carbon Footprint

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, in partnership with JLL (NYSE:JLL), a global professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management, today announced an ambitious new initiative to power two more of its parks—Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California and Six Flags Magic Mountain, near Los Angeles—almost entirely with solar power.

Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth, new for 2017 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

“We are committed to making all of our properties more energy efficient and sustainable for years to come,” said Six Flags Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer, Steve Purtell. “California’s support of renewable energy, the solar potential in the state, and the environmental benefits associated with solar energy made this the right decision for our guests, our team members, and our communities.”

CraZanity, New for 2018 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Photo Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain

JLL, through a collaboration between its Capital Markets and Clean Energy experts, served as project advisors and Six Flags’ designated agent to select a leading renewable energy Independent Power Producer, who will build, own and operate the systems in California.

The Joker, new for 2016 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

“From the onset, JLL worked with Six Flags to identify the benefits of implementing this renewable energy purchasing strategy and hosting the projects on-property,” said Blake Lacher, Managing Director, JLL Capital Markets, Americas. “Bringing all of the partners together early on in the process allowed for greater transparency in ensuring the objectives were clearly identified. Timely and clear communication with stakeholders and decision-makers on all sides was imperative to reach this milestone.”

The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain, new for 2016

When it becomes operational, the system at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will exceed 7 megawatts of electricity generated. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s system will have capacity for nearly 15 megawatts and will be the largest solar carport anywhere in North America.

Photo Credit: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

“This unprecedented solar PV program exemplifies the multiple benefits a well-designed onsite solar project may offer,” said Kyle Goehring, Vice President and Director of Clean Energy for JLL. “The solar economic benefits at these sites is immense, and JLL is honored to help Six Flags become the entertainment industry market leader in renewable energy.”

In addition to generating a large percentage of the parks’ electricity, the solar carport structures provide a number of enhancements to the guest experience, including:

  • Covered parking for the majority of parking spaces;
  • Integrated electric vehicle charging stations;
  • Increased security through new closed circuit cameras; and
  • Enhanced parking lot surfaces.

Separately, Six Flags recently announced that Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey will soon begin construction of a solar energy project. In addition to these three announced plans, the company is investigating other opportunities at more parks across its North America portfolio.

Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster, new for 2018 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Photo Credit: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

“Six Flags has pioneered a long lists of firsts in its 57-year history and as good stewards of the environment, we are excited to apply the latest green technology and create eco-friendly parks for future generations to enjoy,” added Purtell.

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