Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows "Going Green" In 2019

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows are committed to “going green” and running resort operations on 100% renewable energy by the end of 2018. The green initiative will not be limited to just the resort, but the entire Olympic Valley region. Energy sources will include solar, wind, hydropower, and other sources of renewable energy. Through their collaboration with Liberty Utilities, the green switch will almost cut the resorts’ carbon footprint in half. Nearby homeowners and businesses will also benefit by having more renewable energy options available.

Tesla Inc. batteries will help Squaw/Alpine as a backup source of clean and renewable power when storms and fallen trees cause power outages to keep the lifts running and provide power to the area. The batteries will be made in Tesla’s factory in Nevada.

Squaw has been focused on green initiatives for some time. The resort is bottle-free and provides incentives for carpooling and ride sharing.

Other resorts like Vail and Heavenly hope to follow suit to run off of renewable energy in the next 10 years. If all goes as planned, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows will be the countries’ first resorts to operate entirely off of renewable energy.

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Photos courtesy of Squaw Valley

Katie Tyler

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