JACKSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Six Flags Great Adventure is going solar.
The theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Isaiah Levine Killed In Double Shooting On Lower East Side, Second Victim In Hospital
The facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park’s needs, Six Flags said. It will provide 98 percent of the park’s energy, CBS2 reported.
The facility will be located on a 134-acre site east of the safari park in Jackson and is expected to be operational during the second half of 2016.READ MORE: Tony Award-Winning Temptations Musical 'Ain't Too Proud' Reopens On Broadway
Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Six Flags spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher told the Asbury Park Press the park and KDC Solar have pledged to replant 25,000 trees over a period of seven years.MORE NEWS: DEP Says New York City Tap Water Might Smell, Taste Different Because Of Different Supply Systems
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