Six Flags Magic Mountain to Build California’s Largest Solar Energy Project

Six Flags today announced the installation of a new 12.37-megawatt solar carport and energy storage system at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

What’s Happening:

  • In partnership with Solar Optimum and DSD Renewables, the project will rank as the largest single-site commercial renewable energy project in California and largest solar project allocated toward a for-profit organization in the United States, distinguishing Six Flags as a leader in the industry.
  • Key facts about the Six Flags Magic Mountain solar installation include:
    • 12.37-megawatt solar carport built over the main guest parking lot
    • Battery storage system producing 1.958 megawatts of power with 7,886.3 kilowatt hours of capacity that can be deployed daily
    • Producing 20.8 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, which is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 2,874 homes and 1.79 million smartphones charged
    • Offset greenhouse gas emissions each year comparable to 34,194 barrels of oil consumed, 5,110 tons of waste recycled rather than landfilled, and 17,612 acres of U.S. forests
    • Will offset carbon dioxide equivalents each year comparable to taking 3,182 cars off the road, 37.8 million miles driven by an average gasoline-powered automobile, and 1.6 million gallons of gasoline consumed
    • Producing 517.89 million kilowatt hours of energy in a 25-year period, which offsets greenhouse gas energy consumption equivalent to 911 million miles driven by gasoline-powered automobiles and the carbon sequestration equivalent to 434.3 thousand acres of trees planted
    • The park will be able to offset 100% of its energy usage with solar power
    • Six Flags Magic Mountain will be home to the largest single-site commercial solar energy project in California and largest for any for-profit organization in the world
  • In addition to the Six Flags Magic Mountain installation, two additional parks—Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California and Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey—have also developed on-site solar capabilities with over 30 megawatts of fully-operational solar power systems installed.
  • These three sites will rank as the largest volume of onsite Solar PV systems for any U.S. organization, with a combined total of 42.37 megawatts.
  • For 62 years, Six Flags has been committed to protecting and improving the environment and its communities, striving toward the expansion of sustainability and ESG-related initiatives and efforts. By actively working to reduce the environmental impact of its amusement park operations, the company continues to make meaningful advancements in adopting solar power throughout its operations and otherwise reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For more information regarding Six Flags’ sustainability and ESG-related initiatives, visit

What They’re Saying:

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom: “Here in California, innovation and climate action go hand-in-hand – our success as America’s economic powerhouse and the world’s fourth largest economy is built on our ambitious transition to a cleaner, greener future. Six Flags’ commitment to clean energy is the type of work that will power our future and ensure our kids have a healthy planet to call home.”
  • Jason Freeman, Six Flags Vice President of Operations, Public Safety, Engineering & Maintenance: “This is a thrilling day for Six Flags as we advance our commitment to environmental stewardship, substantially increasing solar power generation capacity at our parks. Six Flags has placed a high priority on efforts to improve and protect the environment, leading the way for theme park companies around the world and capturing the attention of other private organizations that also have the power to drive solar projects. By partnering with experts like Solar Optimum and DSD Renewables, we can continue to improve our environmental programs with additional waste, water and energy reduction targets and initiatives.”
  • Danielle Fidel, Senior Director, Developer Network at DSD: “We’re honored to partner with Six Flags and Solar Optimum on this solar-plus-storage project through DSD’s Developer Network and commend Six Flags’ commitment to onsite renewables. Using their parking lot for solar canopies will not only offset 100 percent of the park’s energy use, it will also provide the added benefit of shaded parking for customers. A win-win for everyone.”
  • Arno Aghamalian, Solar Optimum CEO and Founder: “Six Flags is already an onsite renewables trailblazer, and with this project, they will continue to break records. We are proud of the partnership we have helped establish between DSD, Six Flags, and Solar Optimum, as we add to their portfolio of sites and work to offset all their loads with solar and batteries. As utility prices inevitably increase, these projects reduce costs, decrease their carbon footprint, and ultimately provide more value to the customer with much desired shared. The future of solar has never looked brighter, and we’re excited to lead the change with our trusted partners.”
Luke Manning
Luke is a fan of all things theme parks and self-proclaimed #1 fan of Joffrey’s Coffee, who lives in Kissimmee, FL