Are you ready for some (solar) football??

That’s right… many US stadiums are now harnessing power from the sun. While solar and alternative energy sources aren’t everywhere yet, fans, teams and event-goers are benefiting from installations around the country.
Here are some of the solar fields making rays nationwide:
FedExField – Landover, MD 

  • Largest solar installation in the metro D.C. area
  • More than 8k total solar panels generate 2MW of peak power installed in parking, stadium and ramp structures
  • 10 EV (electric vehicle) charging stations at the stadium
  • 30-foot statue of quarterback near the entrance lined with solar film known as “Solar Man”(TM)

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ 

  • 1,350 solar panels combine to generate 25x power needed for the NRG Solar Ring (TM) LED lights
  • LED lights can display ANY color depending on teams/events
  • Second largest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panel installation in the US.
  • Solar installation created 10% covered seating

Patriot Place (@Gillette Stadium) – Foxboro, MA

  • 3,000+ standard and translucent solar panels
  • LED light atmosphere for a unique retail shopping experience for fans and visitors

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA 

  • 11,000+ solar panels with 3MW of peak power
  • Largest solar array in the Philly area
  • 14 micro-wind turbines

And coming in 2014:
Levi’s Stadium – San Francisco, CA

  • Planning for 400kW of solar power

The trend of stadiums extending the green beyond the turf is not only inspiring for the future of solar, but a great way to get the country focused on sustainable energy. We hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between solar innovators and structures that never cease to give millions of fans a thrill.
Source for the solar statistics: NRG Solar

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