A Touchdown For Solar

on September 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The upcoming football season is looking sunny for the Washington Redskins’ stadium.

NRG Energy
and the NFL Washington Redskins are joining together in an effort to bring renewable energy to FedExField, located in Landover, Maryland. New solar power installations will be installed into the stadium this month.

NRG Energy is one of the largest energy companies in the United States and with the new solar power system it will provide up to 20% of the needed electricity for the stadium on game days, enough to provide 300 homes with energy for a full year. As for non-game days, the new solar installation is expected to provide all of the stadium’s power needs.

Three different types of solar panel will be installed, generating 2 MW of electricity. They will cover be mounted atop a new parking lot cover, shading 850 spaces in the Platinum A1 Parking lot of the stadium.

“Our partnership with NRG will add to the fans’ game day experience at FedExField and offers a unique example of how solar energy installations can do more than generate power,” said Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. “NRG’s expertise and vision are a great match for us and we are excited to be part of this effort that will reduce our environmental impact and offer our fans another unique experience.”

The Redskins FedExField is not the only stadium to recently turn towards solar power. Brazilian solar company Gehricher Ecoluz do Brasil will also begin construction this month of a photovoltaic system in the Pituacua soccer stadium in Bahia, Brazil. For the full story read: Goal! For Solar Power.