Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg said on Friday it began operations of the largest resort-based solar farm in the Northeastern United States.
Developed in partnership with New Jersey-based Marina Energy, the 25-acre solar field has more than 19,000 solar panels and has the annual capacity to generate 3.5 megawatts of electricity, which is more power than is consumed annually by the resort’s two hotels.
Development of this solar farm aligns with other efforts taken by the resort in pursuit of ongoing environmental stewardship, such as its recent partnership with Jersey Central Power & Light and the New Jersey Audubon Society to create new habitat for bees, butterflies, and birds on one of its six golf course properties.
“We recognize that our guests visit us, not only for our wide array of amenities but also for enjoyment of the resort’s beautiful natural surroundings, so it is only fitting that we should take steps to minimize our impact on the environment to help preserve it for generations to come,” Resort Chief Marketing Officer Chris Mulvihill said. “While we are taking many other steps in the area of sustainability such as the use of LED lighting, paper straws, locally sourced menu ingredients, and biodegradable organic laundry detergent, we really like to be able to use superlatives when we describe the resort, so I am very pleased to be able to say that New York City’s closest resort is now also the Northeast’s largest solar-powered resort.”
While the solar field technically already came online in September, the Resort will be holding a ceremony at Grand Cascades Lodge at 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2019 to officially flip the switch.