NFL Eagles Turn on Solar, Wind Power

Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, has brought online 11,000 photovoltaic solar panels and 14 wind turbines that provide up to 3 MW of power, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

On sunny days with no game, the installations will be pushing power back to the grid, but over the course of a year the renewable energy generators are expected to provide about 30 percent of the stadium’s power. The stadium’s remaining energy needs will be covered by renewable energy credits, the paper reports.

The panels, which were supplied by NRG, are positioned on the roof, over some parking spots and along the side of the building. NRG payed the $30 million upfront costs for the project. The Eagles will then lease power at a predetermined rate back from NRG, the paper reports. The renewable energy plan was announced in 2012. The Eagles announced, and subsequently shelved, a renewable power project with SolarBlue in 2010.

NRG has designed solar arrays for at least four other pro football stadiums: FedExField in Maryland, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Patriot Place a shopping center that sits outside Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, and the new Santa Clara Stadium currently in development in Santa Clara, Calif., near the San Francisco Bay. Collectively, these projects will provide 7.5 MW of power to pro football stadiums at peak times.

The project at FedExField features electric vehicle charging stations, thousands of solar panels and a solar sculpture. At Patriot Place NRG installed 3,000 standard and translucent solar panels that generate about 60 percent of the electricity for the marketplace.

When completed, the Santa Clara Stadium will be be California’s first Net-Zero sports venue, NRG says. The new home for the San Francisco 49ers is being constructed with about 80,000 cubic yards of low-CO2 concrete.

The host committee of the most recent Super Bowl donated carbon credits to offset some 3.8 million pounds of CO2 emissions. In addition to offsetting the Super Bowl’s energy impact, all major venues offered recycling, and the host committee teamed up with the Green Project and Repurposing NOLA to reclaim Super Bowl banners, displays, signage and other promotional items, which will be manufactured into tote bags, wallets, shower curtains and other souvenir items.

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