In November 2016, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows committed to hosting the first ever carbon neutral alpine world cup event and today announces that the offset will be made over the next 16 years by a solar project on the Squaw Kids building, to be constructed this summer by local Truckee company Simple Power. The installation will provide clean, year-round power to numerous lifts and facilities at Squaw Valley. The footprint of the event has been evaluated at 400 metric tons of carbon dioxide and validated by independent analysis from Terrapass. The footprint takes into account all mountain operations associated with the event, including snowmaking, dedicated lifts and grooming as well as the travel emissions, accommodations and meals of the athletes, coaches, and World Cup staff.
The 52 panel solar project, to be constructed in summer 2017, will save the resort from emitting 25 tons of carbon dioxide annually from purchased electricity, equaling 400 tons over the next 16 years. The cost of approximately $50K, will be financed by MPOWER, a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations for residential, commercial and industrial property owners.
Simple Power solar, based out of Truckee, CA, will design and construct the project. Simple Power is a certified NABCEP photovoltaic installer, the industry’s highest accreditation and recognition of excellence. The installation will provide 32.2 megawatts per hour annually (2,681 kWh per month) of emissions-free power to the following areas at Squaw Valley all year long:
• Solitude, Silverado, top of Mountain Meadow
• Bailey’s Beach , Belmont, Mountain Meadow
• Emigrant, 12 fan guns
• Gold Coast complex (rental, retail, restaurants, incinerator)
• Gold Coast lift, Upper Lift Maintenance shop, Upper Vehicle Maintenance shop, Terrain park shop, top of Siberia lift
• Gold Coast pump station
• Siberia lift, Siberia Patrol
• Big Blue, Broken Arrow
• Squaw One
• Booster station
• KT 22, Race services, fan guns
• Exhibition, Children’s world, Red Dog 3 conveyors, 3 well pumps
• Olympic Lady, top of Far East, top of Exhibition
To view a rendering of the project, click here.