Philly Flyers arena catches the wind - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  August 22, 2018

Philly Flyers arena catches the wind

The Wells Fargo Center arena, home to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, will be powered by 100% renewable energy, thanks to a long-term PPA for wind power between Comcast Spectacor, the arena’s owner, and Constellation. The agreement was signed as the arena is undergoing a $250-million revamp.

“The Wells Fargo Center is in the midst of an extensive redesign that is transforming all aspects of the complex, and this renewable energy initiative plays an important role,” said Dave Scott, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor.

North American Windpower reported that “Constellation will supply the Wells Fargo Center with power from a 9 MW portion of the HillTopper wind project under a separate long-term power purchase agreement with project owner Enel Green Power." HillTopper, located in Logan County, Ill., is expected to become operational by the end of the year. The project is also selling energy to Bloomberg LP and General Motors.

This agreement will completely power the facility with wind energy and will greatly reduce the arena’s carbon footprint, according to Constellation, which estimates that power and renewable energy certificates purchased from Constellation will help Comcast Spectacor prevent the emission of more than 14,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually.

 "As we envision a future with 100 percent renewable energy, projects like this are important in helping us get there," said Susan Jin Davis, chief sustainability officer of Comcast NBCUniversal, which operates Comcast Spectacor. "And when we look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we know energy is one of our biggest areas of opportunity, so this is another great example of finding solutions to be more environmentally responsible."

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