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New York Jets are NFL’s Most Solar Team

New York Jets are NFL’s Most Solar Team

Three thousand solar panels have been installed at the training facility for the New York Jets. They will provide the training, teaching and medical facility with 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, and offset about 540 metric tons of carbon emissions. The Jets’ administration says they have the largest photovoltaic system of any NFL team’s facilities.

Thad Sheely, the New York Jets executive vice president of finance and stadium development said, “This project is the first of many green initiatives on behalf of the team, and we are proud to be green in color and also in deed.” (Source: Getsolar.com) Solar power generated by the panels is expected to save the company tens of thousands of dollars annually because the rate they pay for it is less than that charged by local utilities.

“The ecological footprint for professional sports is not gigantic, but the cultural iconic influence of sports is almost unparalleled. We need to merge the culture of science with the culture of sports if we want to get the message out,” said Dr. Alan Dr. Allen Hershkowitz from the National Resources Defense Council. (Source: Associated Press)

The solar panels were manufactured by Yingli Solar in Baoding, China. Companies including SunDurance Energy, a New Jersey based solar power solution provider, and Evolution Energies participated in the project. Funding was provided by Syncarpha Capital.

Two other NFL teams have solar technology. The New England Patriots have a 525-kilowatt solar array at Foxborough Massachusetts’s Patriot Place, and the SeaHawks have an installation at Qwest Field.

Image Credit: Yingli Green Energy

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10:13AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:06AM PDT on May 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:34PM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Glad to read!

11:19PM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

that is cool, pity not more teams on the list.

8:45AM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Good news.

3:26AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Thank you for this post ! Shared

6:58AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

This makes me even happier that they beat Brett Favre last night.

7:30PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

GREAT!

9:41AM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

J-E-T-S- jets, jets jets

8:26AM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

It is the American people that will clean up our country. Thank you NY Jets. Although the White House has them also. But where were they manufactured? in China. Could have been lots of jobs here. I sometime think this all is planned. The failure of America. Some want this to regain power. We can't let this happen so go Jets!!

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