Last September, we asked, “Could the NFL Be Leading the Way in Renewable Energy?” We firmly believe that the more people are exposed to solar and other renewable energies in their daily lives, the more quickly these technologies can become part of the mainstream. Now, almost a year later, we’re happy to report that there is a definite proliferation of solar power use not only in the NFL, but in Major League Baseball, as well. More and more teams are recognizing the tremendous potential these systems have to save money, generate positive publicity, and reduce negative environmental impacts.
The New England Patriots installed their first solar panels at Patriot Place – the retail destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium – in 2009. New solar canopies are producing up to 60% of Patriot Place’s power. In addition to generating over 1.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, these solar canopies provide shoppers with shade and weather protection. Patriot Place’s installed solar capacity is over 1.5 megawatts and reduces carbon emissions by more than 800 metric tons!
The boys of summer are taking advantage of solar’s benefits, too. The Arizona Diamondbacks installed a solar pavilion at Chase Field that generates 75 kilowatts of power and provides 17,280 square feet of shade for fans standing outside the stadium. Even though Seattle is one of the least-sunny cities in North America, the Mariners are also putting solar power to work for them. A new 33-kilowatt solar array will generate 40,000 kWh of electricity each year, offsetting 28 metric tons of CO2 emissions. That’s the equivalent of planting more than 700 trees every year. The St. Louis Cardinals are also getting in on the action. In April 2011, 106 new solar panels were installed at Busch Stadium. To date, these panels have generated nearly 40,000 kWh of power, and the season’s not over yet. Collectively, these projects will save major league sports millions of dollars in energy costs and cut carbon emissions by thousands of metric tons. Most importantly, though, these projects have the power to introduce solar energy to millions of fans visiting these stadiums or watching games on TV. As more people see how solar power is benefiting their teams, more homeowners and business owners will follower their lead.
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