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Published on September 14th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston

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Minnesota Vikings, Juhl Wind Score a Huge Renewable Energy Touchdown

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September 14th, 2012 by  

 
With the National Football League season officially underway, yet another team has scored a renewable energy touchdown.

This time it’s the Minnesota Vikings, and this one’s big.

Image Credit: Mall of America Metrodome, via Shutterstock

Juhl Wind Inc, well-known for its commitment to community wind power, is teaming up with the Minnesota Vikings to tackle clean energy supply at Viking home games this NFL season.

Juhl will supply renewable energy credits (RECs) from one of their wind energy plants. This will counteract the energy consumed at games this year at the Mall of America Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 

 
The total amount of energy ‘provided’ by Juhl during this football year will hit 520,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), cutting 507,520 pounds of carbon emissions.

“The renewable energy produced will offset all the electricity used throughout Mall of America Field — from the concession stands and ticket offices, to the field lighting and scoreboards making the Vikings one of the only NFL teams to play in a 100% green-powered facility during the entire 2012-2013 season,” said President of Jul Wind Inc, Corey Juhl, in a statement.

Minnesota Vikings officials are hoping this encourages Minnesota residents to move towards clean energy.

“We are very pleased to partner with Juhl Wind on this renewable energy initiative for the stadium.  The Minnesota Vikings are committed to becoming more environmentally friendly and utilizing renewable energy resources whenever possible.  We certainly encourage other households and businesses in Minnesota to participate alongside us,” added Vikings Vice-President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix.

For your curiosity RECs become available when renewable energy is available at various renewable energy plants. The credits are then bought to offset consuming energy somewhere else. When RECs are bought at the same amount of energy used, this means the electricity consumed is essentially put on the power grid from a renewable source. RECs also help finance future renewable energy development.

The NFL has used RECs in the past, with its biggest game being the Super Bowl last February.

It’s nice to see pro football clubs leading the charge on renewable energy use. Here is hoping more teams continue to score more touchdowns for clean energy.

Source: PR Newswire

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About the Author

Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



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