CHICAGO – Thousand Trails continues to strengthen its environmental footprint with the installation of a new premium RV storage section topped with nearly 3,500 solar panels at the Wilderness Lakes Campground in Menifee, California, according to a press release.
The entire solar project is a 1,469 kilowatt solar system and is expected to produce roughly 2.4 million kilowatt hours of green energy per year. The solar panels are part of Thousand Trails’ continuing efforts to increase renewable energy and will produce enough energy to facilitate about 50% of the total energy used across the campground which has more than 500 sites and common area amenities like a swimming pool, hot tubs, a clubhouse, fitness center, and game room.
The solar panels, installed in coordination with DSD Renewables and Black Bear Energy, cover roughly 82,000 square feet and cover the campground’s newly installed RV storage facilities. The new storage area accommodates rig sizes of 30′ and 45′ and features controlled access, security cameras and month-to-month availability. RVs are protected from the elements with covered storage spaces which double as a solar array with the solar panel topped covers.
“Along with the many benefits these solar panels provide to our overall environmental initiatives, our guests and members at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes can feel confident knowing that the energy they use is coming from a renewable source,” said Monica Ferrer, senior director of energy and sustainability for Thousand Trails. “We’re thrilled to have a high end amenity for guests and members that also highlights our ongoing focus on sustainability, renewable energy and environmental awareness.”
The project concludes with an official ribbon cutting and tour of the new solar RV storage facility with the Menifee Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 21.