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On the Q4 earnings call, Jim Reid-Anderson said both California parks will also be solar powered and it will save each park one million dollars per year.

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Yeah. I noticed that. does anyone know when their system will be online? Before, after or at the same time as Great Adventures? Im confused as why Six Flags keep saying that Great Adventure will get a worlds first or be a worlds first when another park in the chain is getting the same thing. like worlds first ABC Tourbillion. Like Fiesta Texas is getting one too for 2018. And the worlds first solar powered park. Two other parks along with Great Adventure are doing the same thing.

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They never said they were getting the first Tourbillion.  They said they were getting the world's first ride themed to Cyborg.  

 

They probably hope to have GA's solar array up and producing before the other two parks.  The devil is, as usual, in the details and semantics.

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6 hours ago, Lemur said:

They never said they were getting the first Tourbillion.  They said they were getting the world's first ride themed to Cyborg.  

 

They probably hope to have GA's solar array up and producing before the other two parks.  The devil is, as usual, in the details and semantics.

 

Over Texas is also claiming their Harley Quinn tourbillion will be a first for North America. Clearly they don't mean the theme since Over Texas already has a Harley Quinn themed ride! At the very least, it's disingenuous to label them both "America's First" even if the "first" part refers to two different things. That only legitimately works out if Over Texas opens the first Tourbillion, and then Great Adventure opens the first Cyborg-themed ride. Technically correct, but misleading.

 

In Great Adventure's news release, they called it "the first of its kind in North America," followed by saying "this futuristic, hi-tech ride will be unlike anything our guests have ever seen or experienced before." That's a little ambiguous but I'd call it misleading if all they mean is the theme.

 

As for the solar projects, I'm assuming Great Adventure is at least farther ahead with the process compared to the other parks. Despite being bigger than both California projects combined, ours could still open first. In addition, based on news articles, it sounds like Great Adventure's will "fully" power the park, while the two California projects only partially power the parks, hence Great Adventure still retaining the titles for both the first and only Solar Powered Theme Park.

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17 hours ago, Matt Kaiser said:

 

Over Texas is also claiming their Harley Quinn tourbillion will be a first for North America. Clearly they don't mean the theme since Over Texas already has a Harley Quinn themed ride! At the very least, it's disingenuous to label them both "America's First" even if the "first" part refers to two different things. That only legitimately works out if Over Texas opens the first Tourbillion, and then Great Adventure opens the first Cyborg-themed ride. Technically correct, but misleading.

 

In Great Adventure's news release, they called it "the first of its kind in North America," followed by saying "this futuristic, hi-tech ride will be unlike anything our guests have ever seen or experienced before." That's a little ambiguous but I'd call it misleading if all they mean is the theme.

 

As for the solar projects, I'm assuming Great Adventure is at least farther ahead with the process compared to the other parks. Despite being bigger than both California projects combined, ours could still open first. In addition, based on news articles, it sounds like Great Adventure's will "fully" power the park, while the two California projects only partially power the parks, hence Great Adventure still retaining the titles for both the first and only Solar Powered Theme Park.

 

Yeah, going back and reading their hype and puffery, they're super-non-specific in which is first and whatnot but I do sit corrected.  I'd stand, but it's Friday and its hard to type standing.

As for the solar power ... I'm still trying to figure out if the people who think the park will close if it's cloudy or rainy are for real.  

 

 

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2 hours ago, Lemur said:

As for the solar power ... I'm still trying to figure out if the people who think the park will close if it's cloudy or rainy are for real.  

LOL I didn't know that was a question.

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https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/construction-commences-for-235-mw-solar-power-project-at-six-flags-great-adventure-in-jackson-new-jersey-2018-09-20

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Press Release

Construction Commences for 23.5 MW Solar Power Project at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey

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Published: Sept 20, 2018 10:15 a.m. ET

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- KDC Solar LLC, a leading developer, owner and operator of solar power facilities announced today that it has begun construction on a 23.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic system in Jackson, New Jersey.  This system will supply Six Flags Great Adventure with clean renewable energy and virtually all its electrical load at the park.  When completed, the project will be the largest net metered solar installation in the State of New Jersey.

 

The solar facility will produce approximately 30 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity in the first year. Additionally, the environmental benefits of the project will be equivalent to providing power for 2,787 homes for a year or removing approximately 108,000 cars from the road.

 

Alan Epstein, President and CEO of KDC Solar said "we are very pleased and proud to have been selected by Six Flags Great Adventure for this groundbreaking solar project.  We also want to recognize and thank our partners, GoldenSet Capital Partners and Seminole Financial Services, for providing the necessary capital to build this project."

 

Debt financing for the project was provided by Seminole Financial Services through a construction and a permanent loan facility.  Development capital and project equity was arranged by GoldenSet Capital Partners in its role as sub-advisor to the North Sky Capital Alliance Fund II.

 

As a company built on a relationship-first philosophy, we're grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such highly respected organizations as KDC Solar and GoldenSet Capital," said Bob Banks, CEO of Seminole Financial Services.  "We're honored to have provided the financing for this monumental project."

 

"The KDC team has an extensive history of successfully developing significant energy projects and represents an ideal partner for GoldenSet Capital and Alliance Fund II" said Everett Smith, Managing Partner of GoldenSet Capital. "We look forward to the continued expansion of our portfolio with KDC" added Rob Pryor, Principal, GoldenSet Capital.

 

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I didn't have a chance to take a picture, but I was there on NYE and it looked as though they might be starting the project by using up a portion of the over-flow parking lot (the lot in-between HH and GA). There's a lot of cement footings being put down (between 20-30 from my estimates), and it looked like they were tapping into the power lines over the road.

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The employee lot is also being repaved and installed with the solar panels.

They also dug up a line from the overflow lot, down the main entrance road, straight into the Safari entrance. They did a really bad job repaving it.

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8 hours ago, Matt Kaiser said:

The employee lot is also being repaved and installed with the solar panels.

They also dug up a line from the overflow lot, down the main entrance road, straight into the Safari entrance. They did a really bad job repaving it.

 

Probably just temporary paving and will be completely redone when the project is finished .... (she said hopefully) ...

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I have seen the ones in the employee lot next to the Admin building firsthand and the solar panel structures are huge.  Much larger than I expected or saw at other installations.

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1 hour ago, BuddyChrist said:

Happy to see they went through with it! Are we the only park in the chain with a solar array now? 

 Great to see you again!

 

Magic Mountain and Discovery Kingdom will also be getting panels. 

 

https://attractionsmagazine.com/six-flags-to-fuel-discovery-kingdom-and-magic-mountain-with-solar-power/

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2 hours ago, 29yrswithaGApass said:

 Great to see you again!

 

Magic Mountain and Discovery Kingdom will also be getting panels. 

 

https://attractionsmagazine.com/six-flags-to-fuel-discovery-kingdom-and-magic-mountain-with-solar-power/

Thanks Harry, happy to be back active again!

 

Interesting, I was hoping this would be a company initiative! Great way to generate some additional revenue too if there is an excess of power generated that they can sell back to the power company.

 

Though I am a bit miffed that we won't be able to have shade for our cars too in the hot summer sun like the CA parks 🔥

 

 

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I really like the look of the solar carports over the overflow lot. It gives a good impression too as it's one of the first things people see when driving to the entrance. Once again, I think it would have been a great idea to have them over the main lot too, providing shade and protection to cars. But oh well

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Six Flags Great Adventure Now Powered by Solar Energy

 

World’s Ultimate Thrill Park Takes Giant Leap Toward

Reducing Its Carbon Footprint While Adding Jobs

 

 

JACKSON, NJ –June 12, 2019  Six Flags Great Adventure and its partner KDC Solar today announced that the 23.5-megawatt solar project built and operated by KDC Solar is complete and the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park is now almost fully-powered by solar energy. The project ranks as New Jersey’s largest net metered solar project and distinguishes Six Flags Great Adventure as one of the world’s first solar-powered theme parks.

 

“This is a thrilling day for our company. This project represents a giant step toward becoming a net-zero carbon facility,” said Six Flags Great Adventure Park President John Winkler. “Clean energy is right for the environment and our future, and we look forward to decades of environmental stewardship with our partner, KDC Solar.”

Key features of the solar project include:

 

·        11 MW of solar carports over three sprawling parking lots;

·        12.5 MW on 40 acres of ground-mounted solar panels;

·        Net metering system that allows Six Flags to generate its own clean energy and export power into the grid to serve nearby homes and businesses;

·        Dramatic reduction of the park’s reliance on harmful fossil fuels;

·        Preservation of more than 200 acres of forest, wetlands and wetlands transition areas; and

·        Utilization of more than 99,000 hours of union labor by KDC Solar in constructing this project.

 

As conservationists for 45 years, Six Flags Great Adventure has cared for more than 70 different species of animals, including some that are endangered and even extinct in the wild.

 

The Jackson theme park recycles more than 60 percent of its annual waste, including manure, paper, plastic, wood and mixed garbage. In addition, it has been converting to recycled furniture products, such as tables and park benches comprised of recycled plastic. The theme park eliminated the use of paper towels in favor of energy-efficient hand dryers and is firmly committed to other energy-saving programs.

 

“We are continually searching for new ways to operate more efficiently and enhance our role as good stewards of the environment,” Winkler said.

“Six Flags demonstrated its unwavering commitment to clean, solar power by its steadfast partnership with us throughout this process,” said President and CEO of KDC Solar Alan Epstein. “This groundbreaking project perfectly aligns with both Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Senate and Assembly’s support of renewable solar energy. We look forward to a long, continued partnership with Six Flags Great Adventure.”

 

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.

 

KDC Solar LLC

KDC Solar supplies commercial, industrials and governments with significantly lower long-term electric costs through solar power. KDC Solar is supported by an allocation of $225 million in equity from Diamond Castle Holdings, a New York-based private equity fund with more than $1.8 billion of committed capital under management. KDC Solar is committed to using clean solar energy to provide economic stimulus and jobs. It currently owns and operates more than 76 megawatts of solar facilities at 15 different locations and is constructing and permitting 42 megawatts of solar projects at businesses and institutions throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit www.kdcsolar.com.

 

 

 

Click HERE to view a complete album of the Solar Panel Project.

 

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They just mentioned about GADV going solar on 6ABC today. Though wonder how well it will work as NJ is such a cloudy and rainy state. 

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34 minutes ago, The Master said:

Though wonder how well it will work as NJ is such a cloudy and rainy state. 

 

It is?   Not where I live.  

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