This new achievement is the result of Peppermill’s commitment to investigate new and innovative ways to reduce emissions and save precious resources. Since a 2007 expansion project that implemented a series of Eco-friendly policies and procedures, the Reno casino resort has used geothermal energy to heat the domestic hot water for the Tuscany Tower, including the 43,000 square foot Spa Toscana and Fitness Center as well as the two outdoor swimming pools and spas.
With the culmination of a $9.7 million investment, the entire Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino is now on capacity to use geothermal generated energy to heat both space and domestic water. Peppermill President, Bill Paganetti, engaged world-renowned expert, Dr. Jim Combs of Geo Hills Associates LLC of Reno, to consult on the existing historical data and information from earlier projects. Since the Peppermill already had a re-injection well on the property, Dr. Combs recommended a new geothermal well be drilled on the property. The well converts the energy through a closed loop system then returned to the earth via a re-injection well. Peppermill successfully drilled over 4,400 feet deep, becoming geothermal energy innovators and making local history with a well of this magnitude.
“No one else has a geothermal well of this depth in the city of Reno. In order for a well to produce the level of geothermal energy that could accomplish what we set out to do, we had to find water at 170 degrees that can pump 1,500 gallons per minute at 150 psi. With this well, we found that and more.” said Dean Parker, Executive Facilities Director at the Peppermill
The Peppermill is able to harness geothermal energy which now heats 100% of the Resort’s domestic water and mechanical heat throughout the 2.1 Million square foot facility, 24/7, effectively replacing the natural gas boilers that currently heat the facility. This renewable energy will help the Peppermill Casino to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and save the company millions of dollars in natural gas use.
The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino features 1,635 luxurious rooms and suites, two Tuscan-inspired pools, 9 award-winning restaurants, 16 themed bars and lounges including EDGE nightspot and Terrace Lounge, free nightly entertainment in the Casino Cabaret, 24/7 gaming action, headliner entertainment as well as the 43,000 square foot Spa & Salon Toscana and Fitness Center featuring northern Nevada’s only Caldarium with indoor pool, sun deck and Secret Garden.