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POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Company
Boreal Mountain Resort

California

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"The California sun is a beautiful thing. Now we will do more than enjoy it while we partake in our year-round adventure lifestyle offerings. We can convert it into clean energy, which will supply 15 percent of the energy required to power the entire Boreal and Woodward campus."
Amy Ohran, General Manager, Boreal Mountain Resort

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The Opportunity

Play Forever!” is the POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Company’s long-term sustainability commitment to protect the environment for future generations. Through adopting an environmentally-minded approach to recreation, POWDR resorts reduced their carbon footprint by 49% between 2006 to 2016. The adventure lifestyle company amplified its dedication to sustainability in 2017, when they partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. (ENGIE) to create the largest solar installation at any ski resort in California. The 235kW Boreal Mountain Resort solar project, was designed, installed, and commissioned by ENGIE on a rapid three-month project deadline.

The Partnership

POWDR, a family-owned and operated adventure lifestyle company, has integrated sustainability operations and philosophy throughout their nine mountain resorts in the U.S. In the summer of 2016, Boreal leaders met with the ENGIE project team and discussed how solar power could effectively reduce Boreal’s electricity bills and carbon footprint. After many productive strategy meetings, the project scope snowballed into the California ski industry’s largest on-site solar project, with 710 solar panels, built and installed to withstand the immense 509 pounds per square foot weight of the ground snow load. ENGIE relied heavily on excellent utility and county relationships to complete the complex installation and commissioning by an end-of-year deadline. Boreal leaders were fully engaged in the process, with weekly team meetings to update progress and exchange ideas.

3 Dimensions of Impact

ENGIE is committed to building three dimensions of impact in every customer’s future:

  • Supporting People
    • Developing and implementing a project of this scope and impact has progressed POWDR’s committment to “Play Forever,” ensuring sustainability at its resorts.
  • Saving Money
    • ENGIE helped secure $185,000 in investment tax credits to offset the cost of construction. In addition, POWDR is saving $45,000 in annual electricity costs as a result of their clean solar power production.
  • Protecting the Environment
    • The project creates an annual electric savings of 326,149 kWh, producing 15 percent of the resorts’ total energy requirement. The project offsets more than 227 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent to the carbon sequestered from 286 acres of US forest for one year.

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Integrated Program Highlights

Custom-designed solutions and services are critical to achieve Energy Effective™ facilities. To learn more about this integrated program, download the PDF to read the full technical scope.
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