Onyx Renewable Partners L.P., “Onyx”, announces the completion of a solar photovoltaic carport structure that will provide electricity to SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park in Chula Vista, CA in San Diego County. SeaWorld will purchase power under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Onyx.
Construction began in November of 2017 and was completed in a little under four months in March of 2018, using sub-contractors based in California. The construction process required careful planning as the water park could not afford to have construction activities going on during the park’s busy season. The system was approved by SDG&E and is now in full commercial operation. The water park will benefit from the reduced cost of electricity produced by the solar system in addition to helping SeaWorld and Aquatica reach their sustainability goals.
The system comprises of 3780 panels for a total of nearly 1.3 MW of solar power at peak production. It will offset nearly 90% of the park’s annual electricity usage, and equates to removing over 10,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. The canopies will also provide over 400 shaded parking spots to guests and employees.