Nobody likes parking at a theme park — at least no one I've ever met. (Come at me in the comments if I'm wrong and you love theme park parking lots!) Of all the lots in Southern California, the one at Six Flags Magic Mountain seems the worst. Laid out at the side of the park instead of across from its entrance, the lot bakes in the Santa Clarita Valley sun, turning the interior of your car into a scorching hellhole by the end of the day.
But that unrelenting sunshine may be about to turn from the Magic Mountain parking lot's biggest liability into its biggest asset.
Six Flags has announced a deal with real estate and investment management company JLL to select an independent power company to install and operate solar-powered roof systems for the parking lots at Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. The carports will provide covered parking for the majority of spaces in the lots, include integrated charging stations for electric vehicles, and provide more than 7 megawatts of electricity at Discover Kingdom and nearly 15 megawatts at Magic Mountain. That would make the Magic Mountain carport the largest solar-powered parking facility of its kind in North America and provide almost all of the power needed to run the theme park.
"We are committed to making all of our properties more energy efficient and sustainable for years to come," Six Flags Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer, Steve Purtell, said in a press release. "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."
Since JLL and Six Flags haven't gotten their tech partner signed yet, there's no announced completion date for the project.Tweet
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