California’s Great America Purchases 100% Renewable Energy from Silicon Valley Power to Cover Electricity Use
SANTA CLARA, CA – April 21, 2017 – Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is pleased to announce that California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100% of its electricity use with renewable energy through SVP’s Santa Clara Green Power program. Santa Clara Green Power is a renewable energy program that allows Santa Clara residents and businesses to purchase 100% solar and wind energy.
Great America’s commitment to 100% wind energy – 12,810 megawatt-hours (MWhs) annually – makes it one of the largest renewable energy purchasers in the Santa Clara Green Power program and a member of the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership’s Leadership Club. This annual clean energy purchase is similar to the output of four large-scale wind turbines – reducing Great America’s carbon footprint from electricity use by over 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
“We are thrilled about Great America’s participation in Santa Clara Green Power,” said Larry Owens, SVP Senior Division Manager of Customer Services. “Their renewable energy commitment will place them among the top echelon of Silicon Valley’s environmental leaders and make it the first Northern California amusement park of its kind to choose 100% renewable energy.”
This commitment to wind energy through SVP’s local utility program was an obvious step for Great America, which values strengthening the community in which it does business.
“California’s Great America is proud to partner with Silicon Valley Power and is committed to doing its part to better the environment,” said California’s Great America Vice President & General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “It is important for us to reduce our carbon footprint and join the growing number of local businesses that embrace the importance of renewable energy.”
Great America joins the increasing circle of large businesses in Santa Clara that support renewable energy, including the City of Santa Clara, Intel, Applied Materials and Santa Clara University. In addition, more than 70 small businesses and 4,000 households have committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy through Santa Clara Green Power.
Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power
Roger Ross, California’s Great America
Tom Mertens, Krause Taylor Associates
About California’s Great America
California’s Great America is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” Great America is a 100-acre amusement park located in Santa Clara that features something for everyone, including thrilling roller coasters, family rides, Boomerang Bay Water Park, exciting shows, incredible food and much more. The park season extends through the summer and into fall and winter with Halloween Haunt and WinterFest.
About Silicon Valley Power
Santa Clara Green Power is the voluntary renewable energy program offered by Silicon Valley Power, in partnership with 3Degrees, to all of its customers for energy generated from 100 percent clean wind and solar power. Customers can enroll in Santa Clara Green Power on the secure website at www.siliconvalleypower.com/green or by calling (408) 244-SAVE (7283). Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, and Owens Corning at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.