According to Clean Technica, “a typical NFL stadium uses enough electricity in a year to power about 1,000 average U.S. homes, leaving some football teams with annual power bills of more than a million dollars.” But starting this fall, Washington Redskins’ FedEx Field will draw 20% of game day power from their newly installed parking lot solar array. On off days, solar will provide 100% of the stadium’s power.
The team contracted with the New Jersey company NRG to install 7,500 solar panels over top 841 covered parking spaces, 525 roof panels, and “a thin-film structure built into a 30-foot silhouette of a quarterback dubbed ‘Solar Man,’ whose passing pose recalls Redskins legend and Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh”, according to USAToday. The installation also includes charging stations for electric vehicles.
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Solar energy is one of the priorities of the Green Sports Alliance. The alliance’s co-founder, Alan Hershkowitz explains in the video above that “18 percent of Americans say they pay attention to science, while 56 percent of Americans say they pay attention to sports. So if you want to influence American culture, are you going to send scientists out there to spout out the latest facts about global climate disruption or are you going to send a message to the supply chain that solar panels are being put in football stadiums?”
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