DILLON, COLORADO – As of this October, Arapahoe Basin is now operating with 100% renewable electricity and mitigating over 2/3rds of the resort’s carbon emissions. This major achievement was made possible by partnerships with Xcel Energy and many community partners, including Jack’s Solar Garden, located in Longmont, Colorado.
“We are so excited to be sourcing all of our electricity from renewable sources. So many A-Basin projects benefit from utilizing renewable electricity to make them go,” said Mike Nathan, sustainability manager at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, “I’m especially excited to continue growing our electric vehicle charging infrastructure, knowing that those guest trips to the ski area are now 100% fueled by carbon-free, clean electricity.”
By sourcing 100% of the ski area’s electricity from renewable sources, A-Basin has achieved a key milestone in reaching the resort’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2025. By utilizing numerous onsite solar arrays, community solar farms, subscription-based utility programs, and Xcel Energy’s unwavering commitment to its own clean energy transition, A-Basin has achieved this monumental goal well ahead of schedule.
“This accomplishment goes to show how sustainability is at the forefront of our minds and baked into everything we do here,” said Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, “Thanks to all that work every day from our employees, guests, and community partners alike, we’re making incredible progress towards our Carbon Neutrality goal.”
Electricity is the main source of energy Arapahoe Basin uses to run the ski area. Now, all of the electricity that ski area uses for snowmaking, chairlifts, buildings, and electric vehicle chargers will run using 100% renewable. All of this has been achieved by partnerships with Xcel Energy’s Renewable Connect, Renewable Connect Flex, Certified Renewable Percentage, and Jack’s Solar Garden, in addition to A-Basin’s on-site solar panels.
Carbon Neutral by 2025
In 2018, Arapahoe Basin pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025. The success of reaching 100% renewable electricity exemplifies the resort’s sustainability efforts being broad, company-wide, and intentionally built into the culture and business. By conserving and limiting resource use, protecting spectacular natural surroundings, and working hard to educate guests and staff alike, A-Basin is finding ways to walk lighter on the planet—even in ski and snowboard boots.
Contributing Programs & Projects Information
The sources of this electricity and these 100% calculations can be broken down into two main groups: those whose RECs belong to A-Basin and those whose RECs belong to Xcel Energy. RECs from Renewable Connect and Renewable Connect Flex projects belong to A-Basin. RECs associated with Xcel Energy’s Certified Renewable Percentage (CRP), including those generated by projects enrolled in the Solar Rewards and Community Solar programs, like on-site and Jack’s Solar Garden arrays, belong to Xcel Energy. Supporting projects in these programs helps Xcel Energy add more renewables to the grid and grow its CRP.
Photo courtesy of Ian Zinner for Arapahoe Basin