2.3 MW Community Solar Array Further Expands Resort’s Green Practices and Extends Savings to Surrounding Neighbors
HANCOCK, MASS. – August 5, 2015 – Nexamp, a leading provider of solar energy solutions, and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, today announced the construction launch of a 2.3 megawatt community solar facility located on 12 acres of the resort’s property. Earlier this year, Nexamp acquired the development rights for the project from EOS Ventures, a renewable energy company focusing on wind, solar and cogeneration projects. The project, which is expected to come online this fall, significantly expands Jiminy Peak’s renewable energy program, while extending the environmental and cost-saving benefits of solar to up to 200 neighboring homes and small businesses.
By adding the new solar power facility to Jiminy Peak’s existing 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, 75 kWh cogeneration unit, and extensive conservation efforts, the Resort estimates it will be able to offset 90 percent of its total energy needs from local renewable resources, making Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort one of the greenest resorts of its kind in the nation.
“It’s important to us that we operate our resort as good neighbors and good stewards of the environment, which is why we’ve worked so hard to leverage as many renewable energy sources as we can,” said Tyler Fairbank, CEO of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. “We are particularly thrilled to be adding solar energy into the mix in such a way that the neighboring community can benefit from the facility too.”
Once completed, the Jiminy Peak project will represent the largest community solar project of its kind in the Northeast, enabling residents, non-profits and small businesses near the resort to directly benefit from the project through Nexamp’s Solarize My Bill community solar program. Participants will receive 15% savings on their electricity generated by the project with no cost to enroll.
“Solar is truly a community investment,” said Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp. “Smart policies like net metering in Massachusetts allow us to work with great partners like Jiminy Peak to meet their sustainability goals, provide local jobs and infrastructure investment, and deliver significant energy savings to neighboring consumers. Leveraging commercial-scale solar facilities to benefit communities is how we’re going to build a stronger, smarter, and more efficient energy economy in Massachusetts and beyond.”
About Jiminy Peak:
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is located in Hancock, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. In the winter months Jiminy is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. In summer and fall the Resort is home to Mountain Adventure including Mountain and Aerial Adventure Parks, and 13 Nights Haunt. Year-round, Jiminy offers on-mountain lodging options including a 102 one-bedroom suite Country Inn as well as two and three bedroom vacation homes and condominiums. Jiminy Peak specializes in meetings, events and conferences and offers an exquisite mountain setting for weddings. The Resort was the first in North America to generate power from its own 1.5 MW wind turbine. (www.jiminypeak.com)
About EOS Ventures:
EOS Ventures is a renewable energy company focusing on wind, solar and cogeneration projects. Located in Hancock, MA, EOS is in its seventh year of developing renewable energy in the Northeast. EOS provides a one stop link for project expertise, management and ownership of a renewable energy program for its customers.
Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solutions for solar energy development, ownership, and operation. Our comprehensive capabilities span the entire solar project lifecycle – from project development, design and construction to financing and operations and maintenance. Our ability to provide integrated, best-in-class solutions makes solar energy simple and profitable for our clients and partners. Learn more at www.nexamp.com.
NOTE TO MEDIA: B-roll and other visuals from the official construction launch event are available upon request
Nexamp: Laureen Sanderson, [email protected], (m) 617-398-0035
Jiminy Peak: Jeff Blumenfeld, [email protected], (w) 203 655 1600, (m) 203 326 1200