Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - July 2, 2018
Pro sports winning with solar
A growing number of professional sports facilities are installing solar to benefit both the environment and their bottom line.
A report from the Solar Energy Industries Association, which maintains a database of solar systems installed at facilities across the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, and IndyCar, shows the total cumulative capacity in professional sports has reached 46 MW. Nearly half of this total capacity has been installed in the last three years. The report noted, “Last year more than 42 million Americans attended an event at a stadium, arena or raceway with a solar system."
The NFL has the highest percentage of stadiums with solar at 32%, with the MLF and NBA close behind at 30% each. To date this year, all major sporting championships have been won by teams with a solar facility, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Capitals, and Golden State Warriors.
Among the facilities, Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, has the largest solar capacity at 11,000, followed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 9,600, and Capital One Arena (hosting the Washington Capitals and Wizards) at 3,500.
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