Boreal Mountain Resort will be taking full advantage of the over 300 days of sunshine per year in the Tahoe area with the installation of solar panels on top of the Woodward Bunker building on the main campus of the resort.
MyNews4 reports the panels will produce roughly 325,000 kilowatt hours of clean electricity every year, which could power 30 homes and remove 52 cars worth of emission. The panels mark the beginning of the largest solar project in the California ski industry and will supply 15 percent of the energy required to power the resort. The panels are on schedule to be operational by the beginning of the 2107-18 winter ski season.
CEO and President of OpTerra Energy Services John Mahoney spoke with the Sierra Sun and had this to say about the example set by the project:
“With this significant commitment to energy generation and a vision for enhancing the environmental footprint of adventure lifestyle opportunities in Northern California, Boreal’s new solar plan will set the pace for other leaders in the industry.”
Let’s hope more resorts around the country follow suit and invest in sustainable energy to offset the carbon footprint left by operations. Lowering carbon emissions and securing the future of snow sports go hand and hand so projects like this need as much publicity as possible. Please share this if you support sustainable energy production in the ski industry.