Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians and Green Energy Ohio, a nonprofit environmental policy organization, have announced plans to install a new solar electric system at Jacobs Field – the first American League ballpark to go solar.
The solar installation will include 42 GE solar panels on a newly erected pavilion to be located on the south-facing upper deck concourse of Jacobs Field, overlooking Carnegie Avenue and I-90. The 8.4 kW of electricity produced from the solar installation is enough to power all of the 400 television sets throughout Jacobs Field, according to the Cleveland Indians.
‘The Cleveland Indians are committed to exploring the opportunities to help preserve the environment through the use of advanced energy,’ says Jim Folk, Indians vice president of ballpark operations. ‘Using the latest sustainable technologies is not only good for the community, but good for baseball.’
In addition, Green Energy Ohio will install a kiosk incorporating data monitoring software to display the output of the solar electric system with a flash program on an LCD monitor at Jacobs Field – as well as online. The basics of solar electricity, historical and real-time data, and greenhouse gases avoided will also be explained to visitors, Green Energy Ohio adds.