Hershey Sweetens Show with Wind and Solar

July 15, 2003

Photo of a residential-size wind turbine with amusement part in the background and flowers in the foreground.
This 10-kW wind turbine is now part of an fun and educational show at the Hersheypark Amusement Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)

Hersheypark provides thrills, rides, and now also an educational program about electricity produced by solar and wind energy. Founded by Milton Hershey as a park for employees at the Hershey's Chocolate Bar factory in 1907, the amusement park is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania about 10 miles east of Harrisburg and hosts for 2.4 million visitors a year.

The park unveiled a 60-foot tall wind turbine on June 26th as part of the new Renewable Energy Project in the Green Team staging area. The project received financial support from the Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania; Community Energy, Inc. of Wayne, Pennsylvania; and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The wind turbine is rated at 10 kilowatts (kW) and was manufactured by Bergey Windpower of Norman, Oklahoma; it was provided to the park with partial funding from DOE's Wind Energy Program. The output of the turbine combined that from 60 photovoltaic (PV) panels that are soon to be installed by Community Energy will total 30,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.

The Green Team is a lively entertainment show about clean energy, sponsored by DEP and Sustainable Energy Fund, with partial funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Program starting last year. (DEP has funded the show with its own funding sources for the last four years.)

At the dedication, DEP Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said, "The Renewable Energy Project is a great way to get a very important environmental message across to people of all ages. The Green Team, the wind turbine and the solar panels are all pieces to a much larger environmental puzzle, to which everyone can contribute." For more information about the project and the dedication, see DEP press release.