In 2016/2017, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort replaced all 450 guns on the mountain with the Sledgehammer technology. Coming off the most challenging year in the history of the resort, it was the perfect time to make a whole sale change that would take the already powerful snowmaking plant to the next level. Since installation, the Sledgehammers have created dramatic energy savings by using less compressed air with a 100% increase in snow output.
Slope Lighting (2016)
Installation of high efficiency LED bulbs on 9 night trails
Country Inn (1997-2003)
Convert 1200 feet of hallway lights, and 5 stair towers that operate 24/7, to compact fluorescent lights in order to be more efficient where lighting is required around the clock.
Annual Savings: 151,754 kWh
Snowmaking (1997 - 2015)
New technology improves energy efficiency for snowmaking by converting to primarily external mix guns. The LP3, cut air consumption in half at 19 degrees wet bulb. It took 6,523 kWh in 1998 to convert 180,000 gallons of water (equal to an acre foot of snow) into snow. In 2006 it took 3,804 kWh to convert 180,000 gallons into snow for an acre foot. Jiminy averages 700 acre feet of snow per winter. 9 years ago the system's old technology would have required 4,566,100 kWh versus 2,661,400 today. The annual savings is 41.7% in energy.
Annual Savings: 1,903,300 kWh
Village Center (2001-2004)
Convert 24 hour lighting in hallways and public spaces to compact fluorescents.
Annual Savings: 26,909 kWh
Resort Wide Miscellaneous Reduction (2001-present)
Signage lighting retro fit to LED. Replacing thermostats with secure programmable thermostats to control heat and cool. Estimated conversions reduce oil and propane burners as well as electric heat total 100,000 kWh.
Annual Savings: 80,600 kWh
Utilizing Snowmaking Compressors Excess Heat Used for Village Center (2002)
Capturing heat from compressors during 800 hours of operation in the winter. Reduces propane and electricity requirements. Using the heat from 2 compressors to heat 34,000 square feet of space in 3 Village Center buildings avoids the need of an equivalent of 63,800 kWh.
Annual Savings: 63,800 kWh
Slope Lighting (2003)
Replacement of 1,000 watt bulbs to 400 watt high efficiency bulbs on 5 trails. The lights have the ability to go to 1/2 wattage when used during snowmaking - a winter benefit only.
Annual Savings: 53,505 kWh
JJ's Lodge (2005)
High efficiency motors for heating and cooling, energy conserving kitchen exhaust hoods, use of water cooled towers to reduce conventional air conditioning needs uses chilled water to assist in cooling buildings. A model building for energy savings.
Annual Savings: 60,000 kWh
Lighting Initiative (2015)
Base Lodges, Country Inn, John Harvard’s Restaurant, Cricket slope, Mountain Operations, Berkshire Express, and Cricket lift were all retrofitted with energy efficient LED bulbs in the Fall of 2015. This is saving the Resort approximately 171,551 kWh annually. The 180, 360 and Lower Slingshot trails are planned to be upgraded with energy efficient LED slope lighting in the summer of 2016. Within 2 years Jiminy hopes to have all of its trails illuminated with the energy efficient LED’s.
Current Annual savings: 171,551 kWh
Total Savings per Year: 2,511,419 kWh