Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - January 11, 2021
Comcast Spectacor commits training facility to renewable energy
Comcast Spectacor, owner of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, announced on Jan. 8 that it added a 1.06-MW onsite solar system and an electric Zamboni ice resurfacer to its Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in New Jersey, a training facility for the Flyers.
The onsite solar project is the latest in an ongoing series of sustainability efforts across Comcast Spectacor facilities. Comcast already powers its Wells Fargo Center completely with wind. Comcast will sell the RECs from the onsite solar and purchase national RECs to provide all Spectacor facilities with 100% renewable electricity. Comcast Spectacor’s purchase of renewable energy credits will contribute an additional annual reduction of more than 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent greenhouse gases. That reduction is equivalent to removing more than 370 passenger vehicles driven for a year. All of these efforts support Comcast NBCUniversal’s long-term aspirational goal of achieving 100% renewable energy.
“Comcast Spectacor is pleased to advance our support of renewable energy through this onsite solar technology installation by SunPower,” Dave Scott, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor, said in a statement. “Combined with the activation of wind energy for Wells Fargo Center and our REC purchases, the Flyers will now train and compete in facilities completely powered by renewable electricity, which furthers Comcast NBCUniversal’s ongoing commitment to sustainable innovation.”
The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone is also a training facility for the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings and offers public ice-skating sessions and youth hockey activations year-round.
SunPower installed the solar panels beginning in May 2020 and completing in November 2020.