Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Flips Switch to Solar Power

Jean Elle/NBC Bay Area

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has taken the big plunge into the energy future, becoming the first theme park on the West Coast whose roller coasters and animal habitats will be energized primarily by solar power.

At a special event Friday to kick off the park's 12th annual Holiday in the Park, complete with its light displays including "Six Flags Dazzle," Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan flipped a giant ceremonial switch marking the park's officially shift to predominantly solar power.

The power is coming from what park officials call one of the largest "solar carport" installations of solar panels atop the theme park's parking lots.

Six Flags officials say that solar carport is expected to provide at least 80 percent of the park's electricity needs, producing 11.9 million kilowatt hours of energy each year.

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