Blue Sky Greens Holiday Lighting for Salt Lake City, Trolley Square, Hogle Zoo and Park City
December 01, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City, Park City, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and the Trolley Square shopping center are kicking off their holiday lighting celebrations with a green twinkle from Blue Sky renewable energy. Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky customers are supporting enough renewable wind energy to offset the environmental impacts of the electricity used for these lighting displays throughout the holiday season.
“Together with our Blue Sky customers, Rocky Mountain Power is pleased to help make the holidays a little brighter in an environment-friendly way,” said Alene Bentley, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager. “The total 226,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy supported through our Blue Sky program on behalf of these holiday lighting displays will avoid more than 275,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, providing environmental benefits equivalent to taking 23 cars off the road for one year.”
Before Trolley Square kicked off the holiday season with its Lights On Ceremony on Nov. 23, it replaced most of its decorative lights with energy-saving LEDs (light-emitting diodes). On Saturday, Dec. 4, Trolley Square’s annual Holiday Open House will get everyone into the Christmas spirit with free carriage rides, visits with Santa, holiday treats, games and giveaways. Trolley Square is located on the corner of 600 South and 700 East in Salt Lake City. Blue Sky is supporting 115,000 kilowatt-hours of wind energy to green Trolley Square’s holiday lights, avoiding more than 140,100 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
“We’re inviting everyone to come in for hot chocolate, cider and some traditional, roasted chestnuts,” said Dawn Katter, Trolley Square property manager/marketing. “We roast the chestnuts the old fashioned way — over an open flame until the shells pop off. They’re delicious.” More information and an event schedule are available at www.trolleysquare.com.
The ZooLights! celebration at Utah’s Hogle Zoo (www.hoglezoo.org/promo/zoo-lights) uses more than one million sparkling holiday lights for the state’s largest animated holiday park, which also features savory, seasonal treats and live entertainment. Blue Sky is supporting 71,000 kilowatt-hours of wind energy to green Hogle Zoo’s holiday lighting, avoiding more than 86,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
“We want everyone to come help us celebrate switching on the lights on Friday, Dec. 3,”said Brad Parkin, Associate Zoo Director – Marketing Services. “At 5 p.m. we’ll have Santa flip the switch and light up the zoo to officially start the 4th year of ZooLights!”
Parkin said this year’s ZooLights! will have two of Santa's reindeer on display every night, and there will be a Reindeer Parade at 5 p.m. as they make their way to Santa's Station. A visit with Santa and his reindeer are included as part of ZooLights! admission. Hogle Zoo is located at 2600 Sunnyside Avenue in Salt Lake City. Admission for adults is $6, and Children (3-12) and seniors are $4.
The Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance kicked off its Lights On! “Jazz Up” The Holidays Downtown celebration at Energy Solutions Arena Outdoor Plaza on Nov. 26. Its 400,000 energy-saving LED lights will sparkle through Dec. 31. Salt Lake City’s Gallivan Center opened its new and improved ice skating arena to the public on Nov. 29, with holiday lights adding to the festive atmosphere from Nov. 26 to Jan. 30. Blue Sky is supporting a total 33,000 kilowatt-hours of wind energy to green Salt Lake City’s holiday lighting displays at these and other downtown locations, avoiding more than 40,200 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Park City’s Holiday Lights will be shimmering on Historic Main Street and at city buildings and parks between November 25 and New Year’s Day. Blue Sky is supporting 7,000 kilowatt-hours of wind energy to green Park City’s holiday lighting, avoiding more than 8,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Park City currently has a Blue Sky Community Challenge underway to encourage residents and businesses to support renewable energy development by participating in Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program. More information is available at www.rockymountainpower.net/parkcity.
About Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program
The Blue Sky program provides an easy way for Rocky Mountain Power customers to support wind-powered electric generation and other renewable energy facilities in the region. Blue Sky is sold in 100 kilowatt-hour block increments for $1.95 per month. When a customer enrolls in Blue Sky, Rocky Mountain Power purchases Green-e Energy-certified renewable energy certificates on their behalf from wind energy facilities in the region. Blue Sky funds also have helped support the development of smaller community-based renewable energy projects, including several in the Salt Lake City and Park City areas.
About 34,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho currently support Blue Sky renewable energy. This year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked the Blue Sky program second in the nation in the number of customers buying renewable power, and third in the nation for renewable power sales volume. To learn more about Blue Sky or to sign up, visit www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky or call 1-800-769-3717.
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