Blue Mountain Awarded $500,000 Energy Grant
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has announced its support in funding The Tuthill Corporation’s project to build a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant, also known at a Cogeneration Plant, in Palmerton.Electricity is Blue Mountain’s second highest cost. Combined with its own Cogeneration Plant producing clean energy, cost and fuel use will be reduced significantly.
The $500,000 grant to build the Cogeneration Plant will allow Blue Mountain’s future waterpark to produce its own electricity and utilize the heat byproduct to warm the waterpark pools at a lower cost. The clean energy created by the Cogeneration Plant also will be used to produce snow during the winter months at the area.
Adding the waterpark, along with lodging at a future date, will make Blue Mountain a year-round resort, creating over 700 seasonal and full time jobs. Blue Mountain’s waterpark is projected to open spring 2016.
Blue Mountain is honored to be a part of Pennsylvania’s initiative to invest in energy savings and renewable technologies and hope their project will raise awareness and encourage others to embrace the innovative efforts.
Photo: Skiing at Pa.’s Blue Mountain (skibluemt.com)