NRG Energy has recently completed the first phase of the Solar array project for Levi’s Stadium, the future home of the National Football League’s San Fransisco 49ers. The new venue, scheduled to open up for next season, is aiming to have the NFL’s first sustainability and LEED standards, integrated with its architecture and design.
Forty-nine solar frames make up the first part of the NRG Energy terrace on the west side of the stadium, and with 544 E20 Series Solar Panels, it covers 9,574 square feet and has 20% efficiency.
“The vision for Levi’s Stadium has always been to create a venue that is an economically and environmentally sustainable showcase for innovation,” said Gideon Yu, President of the San Francisco 49ers. “With phase one of the solar installation now complete, we are one step closer to making that vision a reality. As we continue to implement sustainable and environmentally conscious features throughout Levi’s Stadium, we will remain focused on pursuing creative avenues to make our region stronger in a variety of ways.”
When finished, the peak capacity of the solar array should reach 375 kW, enough to offset all consumed energy at San Fransisco 49er home games.
Sustainable development projects have become more common in sports. Other NFL teams hopping on the bandwagon have included: the New York Giants/New York Jets MetLife Stadium, Minnesota Vikings Metrodome with Juhl Wind, and the Denver Broncos partnership with Ascent Solar.