Vail Resorts have announced that the total energy requirements of their 17 North American ski resorts will be offset by a multi-million-dollar investment in a wind energy venture.
Several of the company’s high-profile resorts are already green energy powered, including Whistler Blackcomb thanks to its Fitzsimmons Creek hydro project, but the new relationship with Lincoln Clean Energy will dramatically increase the company’s overall investment in green power.
Vail Resorts’ multi-million-dollar wind energy virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) enables the development of the Plum Creek Wind Project, which is expected to be completed in 2020.
Under the 12-year agreement, Vail Resorts are purchasing 310,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually – enough wind energy to reduce the emissions associated with the company’s estimated 2019 total North American electricity consumption by 100%. That equates to the approximate amount of electricity needed to power 30,000 average US homes each year.
Vail Resorts have also announced a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all of their North American restaurants with compostable and recycled-content items and eliminate conventional single-use plastics, a process which will begin during the 2018/19 winter season.
Featured Image Credits: Vail Resorts