Boyne Resorts, a Michigan-based mountain resort chain, has become a 100% powered by renewable energy across its north American facilities, thanks to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with CMS Energy.
The company announced the commitment with CMS Enterprises, CMS Energy subsidiary, this Tuesday. Firstly, the agreement will entirely offset Boyne’s electric energy consumption from the January 1, 2021 baseline.
Secondly, the agreement serves for the company to meet its goals set in the sustainability plan “Forever Project”. Which intends to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030; also, eliminate the company’s carbon footprint form its electric usage.
In addition, the agreement also contemplates the installment of a 1,7-megawatt solar array in the Boyne Mountain Resort.
This new level of urgency, initiated for the company when the Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit took place; back in October 2019. Then, through collaborative discussions, the ski and resort industries agreed to collaborate upon energy transition.
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“We have been a thoughtful steward of our resort properties over the last eight decades. It was clear to our team that we were not doing enough and fast enough, if we are to truly help reverse the effects our carbon footprint has on the planet’s climate;” said Stephen Kircher, Boyne Resorts’ CEO.
“Our commitments guiding Forever Project, starting with moving to 100 percent renewable electric energy; then, reduce a significant portion of our carbon footprint and give us a huge head start on our efforts to become completely carbon neutral by 2030;” he concluded.
Moreover, reparations for the installation of the solar array are already on its way. It will produce enough energy to power more than 300 local homes and condominiums.
“CMS Enterprises is proud to help Boyne Resorts power its facilities in Michigan and throughout North America with renewable and clean energy,” said DV Rao, senior VP at CMS Energy.
In conclusion, “with the implementation of energy efficiency programs; also, with the electrification of Boyne’s vehicle fleet, on-site solar generation and other advances on tap in Michigan, the company is poised to become an industry leader in clean and renewable energy,” he concluded.