We’ve all been hearing about the “arrival” of solar power for a long time. Maybe when it intersects with America’s favorite sport, we can say it’s finally happened.
Interesting fact: The most-watched television program of all time was held in a solar-powered venue. That was last year’s Super Bowl held in the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The San Francisco 49ers’ venue was completed in 2014 and was one of the first NFL stadiums to incorporate solar power into its design. Levi’s has 1,186 high-efficiency solar panels. Most are installed over three “energy bridges” that give fans a shaded walkway between the parking lots and the stadium. The remaining panels are installed over a “solar terrace” where season ticket holders can enjoy a shaded premium club with bar service, a lounge, and a green roof garden.
These panels can generate up to 375 kilowatts of electricity at a time, and enough over the course of the year to fully supply the electricity needed for every 49ers home game in a season.
The solar panels helped the stadium became the first gold “LEED” certified in the NFL, but teams across the country are jumping on the renewable power bandwagon. NRG Energy, the company that installed the system in Levi’s Stadium, has also installed renewable systems in several other NFL venues: FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; and NRG Park in Houston.
Coming in 2017, Greenwave Energy customers will have the chance to purchase their own solar system and follow their favorite team into renewable electricity. In the meantime, check out our Renewable Energy Certificate program, which allows customers to pay for renewable power to go into the grid, even if the electricity they use is coming from their local utility. It allows you to ensure that your electricity demand is 100% renewable. Learn more here, and stay tuned for our solar program coming soon!