Sugarbush Resort, in partnership with Green Lantern Solar, has installed a new solar array at Lincoln Peak this winter.
For several years, Sugarbush and Green Lantern Solar have partnered to invest in solar energy development throughout the state, with 6 arrays providing about 2.3 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to electricity to power all of Mt. Ellen’s operations with room to spare.
This new array, located along the north edge of Lot F at Lincoln Peak, will be the first actually on Sugarbush property. The array has a capacity of 133 kilowatts (kW), and will generate 190,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) over the course of a year.
That would be enough to typically power about 18 households. At Sugarbush, it will cover the electricity consumption for the Mountain Wastewater Treatment Plant, EV Charging Stations at Lincoln Peak, Mt. Ellen’s vehicle maintenance building, and a portion of employee housing.
“We are very excited to continue to support development of renewable energy generation in Vermont and host a solar array front and center at Sugarbush,” said Kevin Babic, Sugarbush’s CFO. “This project helps us move our sustainability goals forward to continue greening up our operations.”
“The relationship with Sugarbush has been great,” said Luke Shullenberger, President of Green Lantern Solar. “When we approached Win Smith a few years ago he was very supportive and thought that solar fit well with Sugarbush’s broader mission to incorporate more sustainability practices into the resort. It’s nice to add a very visible project at the resort to the portfolio. Here’s to snowy nights and bluebird days at Sugarbush!”
The resort planned to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new array on Monday, February 8th at 11:30 AM. Media was welcome to attend and asked to reach out to John Bleh.
The new solar array continues a string of sustainability initiatives the resort has undertaken in recent years from forest management and water initiatives to EV Charging Stations, green housekeeping, and composting/recycling efforts.