As we all start ramping up for the Patriots Giants Super Bowl in a few weeks I thought it would be a good time to look at a slightly different defensive play. A play designed to block the offensive line of fossil fuels. A play called, “Let’s install as much solar as we can at NFL stadiums!”
I did a Google spelunk of all the NFL stadiums with solar and here is what I learned:
The Redskins are far and away the winners in the solar stadium game, with 8,000 panels and 2 MW of generating capacity. Their array, the largest in the league, generates 20% of the team’s energy needs on game days and all of their energy needs on every other day of the year. The modules cover 841 parking spaces and the stadium has 10 EV charging stations and one enormous Solar Man statue.
While the Jets/Giants are currently in a distant second place with 0.69 MW of solar, they are looking to give the Redskins a run for their sunny. Errr…money. MetLife Stadium will be adding 1,500 modules to their existing 3,000 and the new panels will form a “solar ring” around the top of their stadium. The ring lights up AND changes color according to which team is playing.
The Patriots also have sunny days ahead of them. They will be jumping from 525 kW to 1.6 MW just in time for the 2012-2013 season. They’re also adding in a wind turbine. Speaking of which, if you count the wind and biofuel that the Philadelphia Eagles use to power Lincoln Financial Field then you’re looking at a grand total of 8.6 MW of green energy. They are actually selling power back to the grid and profiting from it! Estimated savings? $60 million.
While the Cardinals don’t have any solar modules up, they DO completely offset their energy use on 8 regular season game days and 2 pre-season home games thanks to SRP’s EarthWise energy program. Collectively that offset is equivalent to the power needed to run 60 homes for an entire year!
For a time-lapse video of what the installation at FedEx Field looked like check out this YouTube video:
One more thing. If you’re solar advocate AND a Giants fan you might want to consider getting ready for Game Day with a New York Giants solar powered garden gnome. That’s right. I said solar powered garden gnome. What better way to put the sun in your sunflowers? The day in your day lilies? The light in your bulbs? [Yeah, I know that last one was a bit of a stretch].
May the best team win!